Hailing from KwaNqetho in Hillcrest KwaZulu Natal, 18-year-old Luthando Nyanda believes that all her sweat of hard work scored her the Miss Durban Curvy 2021 1st Princess tittle.
Miss Durban pageant is a Durban based annual event that allows for both curvy and petite women to enter. This year the competition was held in Coastlands Hotel, in South Beach where Nyanda bagged her first tittle.
Nyanda is currently pursuing her Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Amongst other things that aspired her to enter the competition, Nyanda says her love for community work engagement really is one that stood out.
“Reaching out to the community and spending time at a children’s home means a lot to me. I entered the competition knowing that It is a great platform to do what I love simultaneously, which is modelling and community work,” she said.
Despite the stigma against thick women in modelling, Nyanda is proud to be representing all curvy women around Durban region. She claims that beauty comes in all shapes, curvy shape being no exception!
“I advocate against discrimination and any form of stereotype. They say never judge a book by its cover, same applies in modelling. You can’t disregard a person and even conclude that they are not fit for pageantry, just because they are thick. We are all beautiful in our own ways. I am the living testimony of that,” she said
The rising star mentions Kayleigh Jephta, Miss Teenager South Arica 2020 to be someone that she looks up to. Moreover, Nyanda is thankful to her family for holding her down and for supporting her throughout the competition.
“To young girls: pageantry keeps you disciplined and organized as an individual. Therefore, engaging on such competitions allows you to grow, learn and to take pride in who you are. Never allow a single soul to discourage you and tell you, you can’t,” said Nyanda.
Pictured: Luthando Nyanda