The stage was set aglow with excitement as the 45th annual Mister and Miss Benoni Pageant took place on August 20, showcasing the local beauties and gentlemen of the area.
The aha Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre were filled with cheers from friends and family who gathered to support their favourite contestants. The esteemed judges diligently assessed the participants’ performances, including Sandor Dowling, Bradley Hunter, Motshidisi Tlaka, Connor Stuart, and Michael Fresh.
The contestants confidently strutted to the beat in sassy swimwear, letting their vibrant personalities shine. The second runner-up, Aidan Hassett, added a playful touch, donning sunglasses with the message “go scrolling” across the lenses, drawing laughter from the audience.
The atmosphere brimmed with anticipation following an intermission as the contestants graced the stage in elegant evening wear reminiscent of a Met gala.
The pivotal moment arrived as seven ladies and seven gentlemen advanced to the final round, facing rapid-fire questions from the judges. The finalists, including Lerato Tau, Carmen Speier, Kylie Turner, and more, showcased their wit and communication skills to make a lasting impression.
The crowning ceremony brought both tension and jubilation. Amber Bester was crowned Debutante of the Year for her remarkable fundraising efforts supporting The Knights Charity Association. Meshack Maleleka and Raquel Coelho claimed the ultimate titles, sparking cheers and applause from the crowd.
Raquel said, “I am so incredibly grateful for my family’s support throughout this pageant. I took a gap year to find myself, and entering this competition formed part of this journey to self-discovery.”
Meshack, an amateur barber from Boksburg, beamed with happiness, acknowledging the friendships he had formed during the competition. He said, “True friendship is worth more than money can buy, and I am grateful for every friend I had made in the past couple of months.”
The success of the event and the prizes valued at R250,000 were made possible by generous sponsors, including Actuator Valve Solutions, Benneton Insurance Brokers, Cappellos Boksburg, Minuteman Press Benoni, Pablos Mexican Cantina, and many others. The pageant not only celebrated beauty and style but also highlighted the spirit of community and support in Benoni.
Picture: Facebook / House of Style Unisex Hair Studio
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