Since 1995, the Miss Deaf South Africa Pageant has given inspiration, opportunities and support to young deaf women. The annual Miss Deaf South Africa Finale is almost upon us and will be held on October 13th at the Atterbury Theater in Pretoria.
Over the past three years, the competition has expanded and has grown into a cause that enjoys multi-channel media attention and assistance from various other well-known and successful organizations. Miss, Mr & Mrs Deaf South Africa are ambassadors for our country. They must be able to educate the hearing community about the deaf community and share with them the views regarding their disability. They will deal with and improve issues such as unemployment, human rights and better communication.
As such, we have received word of an aspiring Miss South Africa, from Hazyview. Simoné Smit, born in 1996, faced a number of challenges. Her undying spirit shone through for all to see. Growing up her dream has always been to be able to aid in the life of another. “If you can dream it you can be it,” Simoné said.
From a young age, it was clear that there was a difference in her actions to that of other children her age. After a psychological evaluation, it was determined that the problem came from a nervous system disorder. After talking to a number of specialists she was given ten-twenty years until a total hearing loss occurs. Her journey throughout her teens could be considered semi-normal having completed school.
She decided to enter for the Miss Deaf South Africa competition. Having entered before this year, she was determined to make it all the way to the finals. One of her passions, unwavering, is art. She loves painting and she also takes part in a church youth program focused on the aid of other children. Her future goals would be to travel internationally, aiding in children`s lives across the globe. Helping other people takes high rank in her life. As a deaf Miss South Africa representative, she organised a fundraising golf day in June.
Simoné has spent quite the amount of time perfecting her craft. Having done modelling and photography, she is well equipped to face any challenge that comes her way.
Voting for Simoné can be done in the following manner: Vote for your favourite finalist to win the Public Choice Award. SMS her Unique MDS 08 number to 47439 to vote (SMS cost R3.00) or “Like” their official photo on Facebook. Votes will close on October 4th, 2018 at 20h00.