The Mrs Zululand title can be earned by any married, divorced or widowed woman, showing everyone that women mean a lot to their community and should stand out in life and that life and beauty does not end after marriage.
Mrs Amanta Atchannah, a mother of three, has recently been selected as one of 12 finalists in the Mrs Zululand Amanta Atchannah, finalist in the Mrs Zululand competition pageant, where it is expected of competitors to “celebrate life”. Although Amanta has been a resident of our town for many years, she was born and bred in KZN. When entering for the competition, all candidates have to submit a portfolio of photos, answer a list of questions and be interviewed online. This year 40 candidates were selected during this first phase of the competition. Of these candidates, 25 made it to the next round after a first conference at the Bayshore Inn (a hotel in Richards Bay), where interviews were conducted in person.
This number of contestants was streamlined to 12 only during a more recent selection at the Protea Hotel, also in Richards Bay. It is expected of Mrs Zululand finalists to stand out in their community – serving and doing charity work. Amanta has done volunteer work, especially through her former employer, FNB, and she has also done some charity work. She would, however, like to do more of the latter and want people to realise why, when she approaches you or your institution and offers to do such charity work. Over and above the photos and interviews, the competition also has a talent segment and various dress sections, such as cultural, evening, casual and cocktail. This ought not to be daunting for Amanta as she has a history of modelling (she started at the age of 12) and accumulated many beauty pageant titles.
She has 37 sashes and 44 trophies in this regard. She was inter alia the very first Mrs Rainbow Festival (2013). Amanta is very excited about the coming final competition for Mrs Zululand on 31 October. This will be an event in red carpet style at the the Jabulani Dome at the Umfolozi Casino & Convention Centre (Empangeni). But, says Amanta, for her it is not about winning, it is all about taking part, getting a second chance in life and putting Piet Retief on the map. The Excelsior News team wishes you all the best for the final competition, Amanta!