Beauty queen (38) shines a beacon of hope for the needy

Angie Bryant after being crowned Ms Africa 2017.

KEMPTON Park beauty queen Angie Bryant was crowned Ms Africa 2017 on November 4.

Bryant (38), who hails from East London and moved to Kempton Park in 2004, is still excited about her esteemed tiara.

“I am still very overwhelmed, but I am grateful for the opportunity. I realised that it could have worked out differently, but God had it planned already, ” Bryant said.

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She said she could not believe it when the moment came, as the competition was fierce.

“The competition was so strong and afterwards I ruled myself out of the top, so when my name was called, it came as a complete shock.”

Bryant leaped to the runway after her father’s death in 2015.

“I needed something to fill the void,” she explained.

Since then she has achieved many accolades.

“I was a fashion model for most of my life. Now pageantry is a whole different ball game altogether,” she said.

Striding along the beauty ramp, Bryant has scooped many gongs, ranging from best model, best evening wear, best director’s gift and best judge gift to best contestant souvenir, to mention a few.

“I was also named the Dignity Dreams Queen for 2018. This is the one award that I had my heart set on. Being the ambassador for such a worthy cause is a great honour for me.”

She is not only a beauty queen, but has also embarked on a cause to better the lives of the less fortunate.

“I have been a charity person for as long as I can remember. Taking friends home after school so that they could have at least one decent meal for the day became a norm in my family. So much so that my entire family was out on East London streets to feed the homeless on Christmas Day last year,” she said.

Bryant said she cares about those who are most vulnerable.

“My heart bleeds for the abused and abandoned babies, but any underprivileged child has my attention,” she said.

In 2018, Byrant will be setting her sights on bigger things.

“I am preparing for Las Vegas in June 2018, as I was awarded the continental title of Ms Africa Transcontinental 2018. This means that I get to represent our continent at the international pageant.

“So I will be raising funds for this experience. A few sponsors have already come on board for a year and I am hoping to get more companies on board for my international trip as well as for my charities,” Bryant said.

Tumi Riba

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