THE Mr and Miss Face of Namibia pageant have launched for 2023, and applications open from 30 January to 1 March.
Face of Namibia selects ambassadors to empower the youth of Namibia to develop their skills, abilities, confidence and talents. The platform aims to promote youth development and community improvement.
Applicants will be contacted for their first interview and will immediately start with pageant workshops, undergoing an official semi-finalist portfolio shoot, followed by the opening of SMS voting lines.
“This aspiring project exposes the youth to self-determination and wants to develop respectful leaders. Our platform has brought its concrete foundation of inspiration and motivation to the full utilisation of Namibia and Africa at large. Face of Namibia is on the road to produce high value future leaders. Our organisation has become iconic and is the pillar of the trending youth of Namibia. The platform has not only become one of the preferences in the pageant industry, but the charity sector as well,” said founder and director of the pageant Marchell Coetzee.
The pageant was established in May 2016, with the first pageant held in 2017.
Coetzee said the pageant promotes gender equity and inclusiveness and fights toxic masculinity and toxic beauty standards within society.
Men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible to enter, but should be a high school graduate/or done with school. Applicants should also have a valid passport.
“How Face of Namibia differs from other pageants is that we are an all inclusive pageant with no height, weight or disability restrictions. The pageant is also open to married women and mothers,” Coetzee said.
“This year’s pageant will differ somewhat from the other years. All entries will participate in a preliminary competition, followed by separate final shows in June.
“It will no longer be a joint pageant. We will also have a total of 40 finalists this year and will be implementing the swimsuit category a first for us. The organisation will also be revealing a new crown,” Coetzee said.
The pageant started at Rehoboth with a handful of entries and supporters, but is growing bigger each year, said Coetzee.
“We are one of the top pageant organisations in Namibia, alongside Miss Namibia and Miss Supranational Namibia. We had more than 200 entries over the past two years and we have two international franchises, with Miss Planet International and Miss Intercontinental. We as a family believe that with hard work, determination and patience you can achieve more. Our pageants are still small but are on the road to success,” he said.
Previous pageant winners have all worked hard to make Namibia a better place, he said.
“Most of the previous finalists and winners, started their own non-profits that are still running to this day. These non-profits include motivational talks around schools, life skills programmes, cleaning campaigns, food and clothes campaigns, just to name a few.
“Face of Namibia is a proud partner and supporter of the Down Syndrome Association of Namibia for four years,” he said.