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Models and Pageantry SA Magazine (MPSAmag) hosted the inaugural Miss, Mrs and Mr MPSAmag at The Venue Melrose Arch on Sunday, 31 January 2016. With over R400,000 in prizes to be won, the event, which was a fundraiser for the charity Deskbags, was exceptionally well supported by entrants and spectators alike.

An amputee model Caleb Swanepoel (20), a first-time pageant entrant, stole the show on the day. The Capetonian survived a shark attack in Knysna in 2015, which left him with a prosthetic right leg. Flying in for the day to compete, the University of Cape Town drama student made his first win of the day in the 17+ male category, then scooped the overall senior male category, before walking away with the overall winner’s title – Mr MPSAmag 2016.

Genive Trimble (17), winner of the 16 to 18 female category, beat fellow Roodepoort resident, 19+ winner Tharina Botes (19) in a tightly contested walk off after they had tallied up an identical score in the preliminary rounds. After the walk off, Genive won the Senior Female title by a margin of just 0.3 points. Junior Male winner was Roan Gonsalves (16) of Krugersdorp who had competed in the male 13 to 16 category and Junior Female winner was Miné Fourie (13) from Rustenburg in the 13 to 15 girls category.“We could not have hoped for a better turnout at this, our very first Miss, Mrs and Mr MPSAmag pageant,” said Madelain Roscher, Managing Editor of MPSAmag. “The calibre of entrants was remarkable and they really rose to the occasion and the stunning venue with outstanding modelling and pageantry performances. We are proud and excited to have the opportunity of launching the modelling careers of today’s remarkable winners.”

The covetable prize of gracing MPSAmag’s front cover is the one prize which will help launch the modelling career for the winner, Swanepoel, whilst being the Deskbags brand ambassador will enhance his record of charitable activities and stand him in good stead for future pageants.

The process of scoring was especially difficult, but thanks to the panel of uniquely qualified judges, the competition was expertly and precisely assessed. The panel included Wayne Stafford, current SA Bachelor of the Year; Riana Mooi, Mrs Globe 2015; Werner Wessels, stylist to Miss World and the stars; Shannon Roscher, content editor for MPSAmag and Shajar Khan, Miss South Africa International 2013.

The prizes, which were a big draw for entries into the competition, were all donated thanks to sponsors of the event, including Atkins; Care for Education (The Lego Foundation).
Cavalier; Finesse Beauty Centre; DeskBags; Freelance Express Websites; Hines and Harley; HiPix Photography; Kyna Consili; Lydia Tamsen Designs; Miglio Designer Jewellery; Moon; Paper Packaging Place; Potchefstroom Academy; Rubicon; SA College of Beauty, Hair and Health; Sorbet; Ted Bowles; The Groomer; and The Make-Up Issue.

Thanks to the sponsorship of The Venue Melrose Arch which included venue hire, staffing, staging and technical support and the organisational support of PR Worx, all proceeds from the MPSAmag pageant went to the not-for-profit organisation, DeskBags, which supplies school bags that double as desks to impoverished schools around the country.

MPSAmag is Africa’s first online magazine that specifically focuses on beauty, pageantry, modelling, fashion, fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. The publication is free for download at www.mpsamag.com. All articles are written by industry experts who offer practical advice on beauty, fashion and fitness, as well as how-to tips for aspiring models and pageant entrants.

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