Beauty pageants remain a stepping stone for many young women. Rethabile Kolobe, from the Vaal, has ambition to make the most of this platform and she is on a roll starting with her current crown as Miss Vaal 2013.
Rethabile is a second year Law student at North West University (Vaal Campus). She is an example to her peers that hard work and dedication help make your dreams come true.
From a young age, Rethabile has always been interested in pageants. "It has always been a dream for me do take part in such a pageant and even bigger," said Rethabile.
The courage to enter pageants comes with preparation and Rethabile groomed herself until she felt she was ready to enter this very competitive environment.
"The journey to Miss Vaal was also accompanied by much preparation in the sense that my mind and my body had to be in the right place. I try to be well rounded; read and keep up with current affair."
Winning Miss Vaal is not the end but the beginning of achieving her goals. Rethabile has set many goals for herself and some she feels are close to being fulfilled.
"One of my goals is to compete at Miss SA level, but at the moment, I'm focusing on obtaining my Law degree."
Her goals are not only for self-advancement – she wants to give back and share her knowledge with people who aspire to be just like her.
"I have plans to start a modelling and deportment school to groom young women and help them on their path to being Pageant Queens. I will also be working much on pageantry in and around the Vaal as well as running projects such as public speaking, community development and gender empowerment."
It’s important for young women to have positive role-models and Rethabile is well on her way on being a game-changer. Her path is only starting yet so inspirational; may Rethabile’s star keep shining.