The search for Miss Namibia 2017 came to a conclusion last Saturday as Suné January scooped the crown at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino. The 23 year old beauty who hails from Rehoboth says that she was a bare foot tomboy child who grew up playing soccer in the streets of Rehoboth. “I had a wonderful childhood in Rehoboth and I think it is because of the freedom we had to play in the streets,” she reminisced.
Suné who completed her high school career at Dr Lemmer high school currently holds a degree in Computer applications. She narrates that her love for the ramp started when she was crowned Miss Dr Lemmer in 2011.
“That was the first time I ever did something like that because my friends and I just wanted to have fun. After school everyone encouraged me to go for Miss Namibia because we watched it on TV every year, but I told my mom that I didn’t want to enter at the time. I didn’t just want to be that girl who goes out of school and end up with no academic experience.
Everyone that I saw either had a degree, was studying or had a great job and that’s what I wanted as well. I also wanted to have a degree to my name, so that’s how I went to India in 2013. This is also were I was scouted to be a model,” says the aspiring software engineer.
Suné narrates that during the three years of her stay in India she freelanced to pay for her studies. “I was working and paying for my studies. It was very difficult to strike a balance between college and modelling because at times I would be booked for a whole week. But being alone in India for three years has taught me how to be independent, strong and to take chances because you never know if you like something unless you try it out. When I returned from India I didn’t want to be sitting at home, so I decided to prepare for Miss Namibia and had to jog for 14 weeks.”
During her journey to Miss Namibia Suné says that her biggest fear was being unable to answer a question.
“When I was selected one of the top five finalists I was scared of the questions but I prayed. When I selected the question I was asked, I was the happiest girl at that moment because at least I knew something about poaching,” she says.
The beauty queen acknowledges that being Miss Namibia is a huge platform to make a change.
Apart from her preparations for Miss Universe Suné says that it’s on her checklist to do some charity work and get involved with as many communities as possible.
“I would like to focus on the orphans and let them understand that their backgrounds do not matter. I was raised by my grandparents and we didn’t have love, but for me it was more than enough and I always thank them for raising me.
I am also going to involve the eleven finalists to do some charity work with me because I think everyone comes from somewhere and it will be perfect if we can do community work in our communities, because no matter how small, good can come from anywhere despite one’s background. At the end of the day we’re the only ones who can help each other.”
The newly crowned also wants to contribute to the fight of poverty with her ‘Your change, One
Dollar at a Time’ project as well as get involved in the ‘Save a Rhino’ project and says that she wants to create a project that the next Miss Namibia can take forward. It’s not about me and I’m never going to use this crown for my own benefit because it’s about Namibia, it’s about representing Namibia and it’s about making that change.
Suné lives by the words of Maya Angelou that ‘If you get, give and if you learn, teach’. This makes sense because this is how I was raised. I never keep anything to myself, if I can help someone out I always do that because we were raised like that, you never go to someone empty handed.
Lizelle Esterhuizen – 2016
Lizelle says that throughout her reign she’s learnt to stand up as a woman and fight for the other women in Namibia. “I also learnt that you are capable of more than you think and you as Miss Namibia, can make an enormous difference by just giving it your all for the year. People in Namibia want you to make a difference and they will help you to make a difference,” says the former Miss Namibia.
She further mentioned that Miss Namibia is a goodwill ambassador for her country and she has to represent her country for the year of her reign. “She plays an enormous role in society as she is the face of Namibia for the following year and she also has to bring hope to the less fortunate. I think that it is very important that we have a Miss Namibia and I don’t think her role and her title in Namibia should be taken up lightly.
Miss Namibia should always keep the country in mind and not do something for herself but to give it a year of hard work and dedication and make the most of the year. You only have eleven months that you can reign as the beauty queen of Namibia so take every day full out and be the best Miss Namibia you can possibly be, also don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not worthy of the title and that you are less important than the others.
And keep the people that are close to you very close because the year is going to be very hectic and you are going to have your off moments but keep your support system very high,” says Lizelle.