Yes, you heard right! South-Africa is hosting it’s first Ms Plus Size South-Africa National pageant, and I couldn’t be more excited 🙂 As you all know I have always been pro plus size, and I wholeheartedly believe a woman should never be made to feel less of a woman because of her size or body type.
My biggest hope is that the Ms Plus Size South-Africa National pageant shows other young women and girls around South-Africa that they are perfect just they way they are. They don’t have to be a size 2 or even 10 to “fit” in or be happy, they just need to be themselves, love themselves and be healthy, because if you’re healthy it truly doesn’t matter what size you are 🙂 And that’s one of the things I love most about the Ms Plus Size South-Africa National pageant is that it also supports healthy lifestyles, integrity and acceptance of all body and faces shapes, looks, colour and status.(wise words from Ms Angela Perdichizzi one of the current Ms Plus Size South-Africa finalists.)
Hopefully, I have all of your attention, ‘coz I’m very proud to say that Angela Perdichizzi who as I mentioned is a Ms Plus Size South-Africa finalist has agreed to an interview with me 🙂 I couldn’t wait to find out what inspired her and how she came about entering the Ms Plus Size South-Africa National pageant.
Hi Angela, thank you so much for sharing your story – First of all congratulations on being one of the Ms. Plus Size South Africa National Pageant’s first finalists, as a plus size woman myself I love that you are showing other women in South Africa that being plus size is no different from any other size and all women should be celebrated and feel empowered. I know from experience that it’s easy to feel like an outcast when there is so much pressure placed on how you look, what you eat and what you wear.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to enter the Ms Plus Size South Africa National Pageant?
Thank you so much!
Let me start off by telling you why I entered this competition.
My life’s work has been around people and empowering them to be better people. I have a passion for the underprivileged, the freedom of women and development of others. I believe in the people of our country and I strive to inspire and motivate others through role modelling, empathy towards others, self-acceptance, and leadership.
I would like to use this pageant as a platform to voice the acceptance of all people, all shapes and sizes, all levels of status and to make our world, even if just a little, a better place to live. There is so much prejudice around shape and size, so much negativity around people who don’t fit ‘the perfect’ picture. I love this quote by Markus Zusak
“Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are”.
I would like to inspire others to participate in community work, and contribute towards society. Everyone can help, everyone can make a difference!
I have one daughter of 4 who I wish to inspire and motivate into being a woman that will contribute to this world by how she lives – this competition will provide me with a platform to do that not only for her but for other young children, and hopefully inspire business leaders to do the same.
Now about myself – I like to believe I am brave ☺! For work, my title is Leadership Development Manager. In essence, my team train, develop and coach leaders in our business called Webhelp SA to become the best they can be. Our core focus is the management of customer experience for major international and local brands.
I have a passion for leadership and development and the company I work for. We employ mostly youth from previously disadvantaged communities, upskill them and offer them rewarding and empowering jobs.
My career history revolves around the development of the underprivileged, such as the Monyetla Programme, where I dedicated my life for 3 years to the sourcing, training and job placement of thousands unemployed, black youth.
Another point in case is where I worked at Johannesburg Water, where I worked closely with communities and children in raising funds for their education and providing awareness of environment issues, such as water conservation.
I have won international and national awards for my dedication to my job and being a recognised professional.
I have also shown a keen interest in the development of women’s self-esteem and confidence and I am the founder of Diva Image Consultants for Plus Size Women. I have presented at many conferences and inspired plus size and other women in SA.
My hobbies include public speaking, travel and exploring our beautiful world, loving animals and people and studying and researching where and how I can add value to this world.
I am a single mother to a beautiful daughter Gabriella, 5 dogs and a cat. I have the most beautiful family and a mother and father who are my role models in business, in love and in life. I reside in Randparkridge, which is a suburb of Randburg and my favourite places on earth are Rome, Venice, Edinburgh and least but not least, Cape Town.
Q: Do you feel like the Ms Plus Size South Africa National Pageant will open doors for other plus size women in the South African Modelling Industry?
Yes, I absolutely believe so. It’s a global trend with plus size woman taking lead super modelling titles. South Africa modelling agencies are already rolling with this concept and there are a number of agencies already recruiting plus size models.
I would like to part of it in South Africa. I am part of this revolution!
Q: Is this your first time entering a beauty pageant like the Ms Plus Size South Africa National Pageant?
Yes! I must just correct you, though, this is not a beauty pageant, it’s a pageant. The criteria for success is way beyond outward beauty and body – it’s about people, the ability to contribute positively and to make a difference to the underprivileged. If it were any different I would not have entered.
Q: What can South-Africa expect from you should you be crowned Ms Plus Size South Africa?
South Africa can expect a voice for all, a person who’s passion is for the development of our nation. My main aim is to inspire women and children to be themselves, to accept their flaws, to live beyond limitations and to create a society that is confident, positive and hopeful. I will be the ambassador for what our country stands for; acceptance, tolerance, change, health and freedom of self, for all. I’m starting a revolution for Plus Size!
I will be greatly involved in children, women and animal causes.
Q: How can we go about getting tickets for this event?
There are 3 events leading up to the crowning and I would like to extend an invite to your readers to participate (all are Pretoria based)!
Ms Plus Size Launch, Prelim judging, Exhibition and Fashion Show on the 27th February 2016 (Tickets are R250)
Charity Golf Day taking place on the 18th March 2016 (1 x 4 balls at R4800)
Ms Plus Size South Africa Crowning Event of 16 April 2016 (Tickets are R500 to R600)
Tickets are available through the finalists so you may contact me through my Facebook Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are limited spaces available so I encourage you to buy them asap.
Payment is to be made to the Pageant and details are below (Please reference your and my name;)
South Africa National Pageant
Account No: 62538880502
Branch Name: Lynnwood Branch
Q: Do you have any advice for other plus size women who would like to join your industry?
My industry is Business Process Outsourcing. My career is learning and development.
What makes you weird or different is your strength so embrace your body, it gives you life. Take care of your body as well as your mind and spirit. People love confidence, positive spirit and kindness so be who you are and trust that life is as good as you chose to live it.
Get involved in your community, saving the planet initiatives, helping the poor or just offering a gesture of kindness.
To those that want to get involved in leadership or training, take a keen interest in what your company offers with regards to development, social responsibility and training. Take courses in learning and development and offer assistance where ever possible. In good people managed businesses, leaders love staff with enthusiasm and passion – show it and do what’s necessary to get you the skills you need. Building relationships is key coupled with consistently performing at you best, with integrity and commitment.
Thank you so much for your time Angela Perdichizzi, we wish you all the best for the upcoming crowning of Ms Plus Size South-Africa and hope to see much more of you 🙂
Thank you for this opportunity and I hope your readers will support and join me on this journey (please like my Facebook Page!)
CALLING ALL SPONSORS
Angela and the other finalists are currently looking for brands who would like to get involved with Ms Plus Size South-Africa. For more information on how you can help the Ms Plus Size South-Africa National Pageant contact: Angela Perdichizzi