Miss Intercontinental was founded in 1971 and every year runs an international challenge to select the most beautiful contestants from all continents. The International pageant showcases contestants that have beauty and brains, fashion and an open mind indicative of the focus by the organizers, Miss Intercontinental Organisation.
Last weekend, Zimbabwe held a local contest to select one woman to represent the country on the journey to the 2019 Miss Intercontinental Beauty Pageant.
Our team at ZimShoppingMalls got a chance for a quick chat with one of the exceptional contestants at the event. Despite asking just a few questions, the interview left us with so much hope for exceptional future leaders and a brighter future for not just Zimbabwe but our continent.
Q: For our readers that have never heard of you please briefly tell us about yourself?
My name is Soraya Soeryanata. I am a 17 year old student at Crescent Independent College but being moved to Speciss College. My motto in life is Live Laugh Learn…
Q: How long have you been modeling and/or into pageants?
I have been modeling for 1 year but modeling has always been a passion; It’s in my blood.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
My role model is my mother because she has helped me through alot and she has always inspired me to do more and to go for my dreams. She has always put everyone else before herself… If I could be half the woman she is, I would be happy.
Q: Why did you compete for Miss Intercontinental Zimbabwe?
I competed because I felt like I could inspire boys and girls to do more and follow their dreams and never stop believing in what they dream. Dreams should move us.
Q: What did you like most about the competition?
I liked that there were women out there to help me along the journey. I loved the experience and the inspiration. Even though it was for a brief moment, the support network reminded me why Africa and in particular Zimbabwe is such an incredible place.
Q: What did you hate the most about the pageant?
I did not enjoy the pressure. I’m quite competitive with myself so I tend to feel a lot of pressure in such situations and that sometimes can be stressful. But I understand that this is the growth process. I’m still young and some day we will sit together again, I hope, and I will tell you that the process was a breeze with zero pressure kkkkkk.
Q: Had you won, what were you going to do with your cash winnings?
Had I won, the cash prize would have gone to orphanages and helping the less fortunate. At this point in my life, I am blessed to have all that I need but I wish I could help those less fortunate so this definitely would have been my first significant step to making someone else live laugh and learn through the process of giving.
Q: Had you won, what are the 2 most critical things you would have achieved during your tenure?
I probably would have liked to set up some sought of comunity program to help the less fortunate and I think also a program to help girls succeed in achieving their dreams through a support network. Hopefully I can still do this despite note winning… It’s my dream to make a positive impact in my community.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself competing in international pageant competitions as well as holding fund raising events to source funds to assist the less fortunate and the change the world for the better.
Q: Tell us about the biggest challenge you have faced in your life and how you overcame it?
My biggest challenge was to carry on being a model as I faced huge criticism and racism. Thankfully I have a great support network that advised me well and supported me through the journey so I overcame the challenge.
Q: How do you think Zimbabweans in general view pageantry? Positively or negatively? How would you improve this view if you were crowned Miss Intercontinental Zimbabwe?
People view pageantry as something beautiful and dumb girls do but that is so wrong because beauty often comes with brains. If I were to be crowned, I would show them that women are not only beautiful but we are smart and powerful and we are able to change the world for the better.
Q: There have been videos of boys fighting at Prince Edward School and St George’s College. What’s your view on these videos and the fights?
I feel that it’s not right to fight no matter what. Surely there are other ways to resolve disputes without risking injuring or even killing another human being. These boys don’t realise that they are setting a foundation that will determine the type of adults they will become. I hope that schools will invest more time and resources to educate students of alternate ways toresolve disputes. Fighting might have been a manly thing to do or perhaps even attractive during the stone age but in 2019, this barbaric behavior is digusting and an embarassment to their schools.
Q: Do you think social media and technology are bringing people together or pulling them apart?
Despite social media being a cool way of communicating, it can destroy relationships and friendships, for example when people are on it most of the time instead of face to face conversations and it pulls people apart because it can be used for bullying as well. Who knows, maybe the fights you mentioned earlier started because of some social media post. Maybe one guy commented or liked another guy’s girlfriend’s photo or something like that. I like that technology is progressing us but we also need to be educated on how to properly use it so that it can build us more and not destroy us.
Q: what do you fear the most?
I fear losing the most important people in my life, my mother being on top of that list
Q: If you could Grant your mom any one superpower, what would it be? And why?
I would want her to fly so that she could be with me no matter where I am.
Q: What words of advice do you have for other girls that wish to compete in pageants?
I would tell them to go for it and that if it’s what they want then they should do it and not back down on their dreams because of criticism or challenges they might face. Live Laugh and Learn from the experience.
Q: In your opinion. What is the most appropriate age to compete in pageants?
I feel the appropriate age would be 18years old in case of someone being unable to handle the criticism, the racism and the pressure at a younger age. I think at 18 people are mature enough to cope. I was fortunate because of a great supporting network but still it was a lot of pressure.
Q: What’s your secret guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is staying in bed ,watching horror shows as well as eating as much food as I can. I probably should add Eat to my favorite quote Live Laugh Learn… kkkkkkk
Q: If you could become anyone or anything today. Who or what would you choose and why?
I would choose a bird because I would be able to fly and see the world from different points of view. I believe there is so much we can benefit from being exposed to different cultures and customs. I hope more young people in Zimbabwe will take every opportunity to travel and see the world and hopefully learn a thing or two from it.
Q: Now that the pageant is over, what’s next for you?
I want to compete in other pageants, getting other modeling jobs and take it worldwide. I just want to pursue my dream and see it to fruition. I also want to do well in my school and make my mother proud.
That was a fun chat with Miss Soraya Soeryanata. We hope to catch up with her again next year as we follow up on her progress in the modeling and beauty industry. We certainly were quite impressed by her beauty and brains. We have exceptional women in Zimbabwe and we are excited to see young ladies taking every opportunity to showcase their skills and willingness to solve our problems in one way or another.
Best wishes to you Soraya Soeryanata in your journey… You can leave your comments to Soraya below and she will personally respond to them.
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