Bedford Beauty Shines Light On Mental Health

Tamicka Padayachee is a 20-year-old psychology student and Bedfordview local, with dreams of being crowned Miss Eagle 2018

What makes the Miss Eagle South Africa title unique from your average beauty pageant is that the focus is predominantly on empowerment, leadership, and motivation for the woman, creating opportunities for women, and using a “Beauty and Brains” platform tomake a positive impact on communities across South Africa.

“The management team is always doing their best to challenge us in order for us to grow as they encourage public speaking and recommend great books which help with personal growth,” says Tamicka.

The Miss Eagle pageant has people participating from all provinces in South Africa.

“I am currently in the second round of competition and would love to reach the finals. I joined this competition to raise awareness to mental health as I am a psychology student and mental health is something I feel is of great importance.”

As a psychology student, Tamicka says she is aware of the may mental health problems that individuals face and the stigma which is attached to it, which more often than not is incorrect.

“If I win the Miss Eagle South Africa title I shall use that platform to inform South Africans about common mental health problems and their misconceptions,” she said.

This event has built up my confidence and challenged me to give 110%, all the time.

When asked what words of encouragement she had for other young woman, she said,

“I would like to let other young women know that they can achieve anything they set their mind to, all they need to do is truly believe in their abilities, set a goal and work on it even if it’s five minutes a Day. I personally lost my father just before I was informed that I had made it into the competition, I didn’t want to take part but I remembered how much he use to enjoy the fact that I took part in modeling and that’s when I pushed myself and even surprised myself with the things I was able to take on,” she concluded.

To vote for Bedfordview beauty Tamicka, all you have to do is SMS “Tamicka” to 35334 (free SMS’s don’t apply). The competition will take place on the 15th of December 2018 at the Sandton convention center.


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