(Pretoria) – Reigning Mrs World and Mrs South Africa, Candice Abrahams, believes the future of South Africa lies in the hands of the country’s women.
Speaking at the start of National Women’s Month, Abrahams said women’s roles in society were so diverse and varied – from running their households to being the breadwinner – that the responsibility could be quite daunting.
Abrahams hopes to inspire and encourage Pretoria women to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their communities when she takes to the ramp as guest speaker and MC at the Mrs South Africa “Real Woman” Fashion Event at Forest Hill City Shopping Centre in Centurion this Saturday (August 13). The fashion show, which is hosted by Forest Hill City, will feature all 25 of the 2017 Mrs SA finalists as well as children and teens from local modelling agencies.
“Often it is left to us to bring up the next generation. Future leaders, presidents, prime ministers, CEOs are entrusted to ordinary women, to mould and shape them, preparing our children to operate in a world we don’t know,” said Abrahams.
Despite being such significant influencers, Abrahams said women were still less likely than men to be in positions of leadership and power.
“Even though we have these responsibilities heaped on us, we somehow manage. It is this resilience where our strength is found. Women need to be taught to identify and harness our strengths, recognise our power and reclaim our beauty,” she said.
“I want women to identify with both their heart and external beauty. Often what you see on the outside is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. I believe that all women have been given a unique and precious gift of beauty.”
The August 13 event was about “building strong female role models for the young women in our communities”, said Forest Hill City marketing manager Annah Moremela. The models will give audiences a preview of the latest seasonal ranges from the mall’s fashion retailers and high-end boutiques.
“For Forest Hill City, it’s great to be associated with a national event that aims to recognise and empower ‘real’ women,” said Moremela. “It’s about much more than just brand building for us. It’s about building strong female role models for the young women in our communities.”
The fashion show, which forms part of a larger roadshow, will take place between 12pm and 2pm in the mall’s fashion court. Moremela said an eight-metre branded runway has been constructed specifically for the high-fashion showcase for the mall retailers.
For more information, visit www.foresthillcity.co.za.