Miss Africa comp says girl 'not pretty enough'
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 3:46p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Organisers of a Wellington beauty pageant are being accused of less-than model behaviour, after telling a would-be competitor she wasn’t “pretty enough” to enter.
Dinah Nel, 19, who has no previous modelling experience, approached organisers of Miss Africa Wellington on Facebook last week asking details about the competition.
She was shocked by the response, a private message which simply read: “Not pretty enough, sorry.”
The South African-born teen says the response left her feeling confused and upset.
“I don’t know who gives them the right to judge people just from looking at my one picture,” she says.
“I have major pride in being South African and I didn’t even get the opportunity to try and that sucks.”
Dinah says she could have won the pageant and should be given the opportunity to enter.
“I’ll stand up and tell them that they said I wasn’t pretty enough because I want answers,” she says. “I just want to get to the bottom of it because I think I stand a massive chance to win.”
Pageant spokesman Rodney Mugadza denies the comment was ever made – despite Dinah providing a screen grab of the online conversation.
“I find that extremely hard to conceive because I’m aware that no one in my organisation would write that – we’re sensitive about what the word ‘African’ means,” he says.
Mr Mugadza refused to tell 3 News who had access to the Miss Africa Wellington Facebook account but suggests the comment is a fake.
“It’s Facebook – people do all sorts of things on the internet, some people hack into other people’s accounts quite easily.”
But Dinah suspects there could be racial motives behind her refusal, due to her fair complexion.
“It looks like it’s all just black people and I don’t understand why.”
But Mr Mugadza insists there are no restrictions around the competition, except African heritage.
“There are no race restrictions, there are no height restrictions, there are no weight restrictions - you only have to be of African descent.”
Dinah plans to attend the competition tomorrow night – as a spectator – and approach the organisers directly about the incident.
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23/10/2012 11:21:21 a.m.
Isnt beauty contests a thing of the past. Its like these fashion models, are they making the clothes look good or do the clothes make them look good.Rejection is a part of life, get use to it, men have to.
21/10/2012 4:53:56 p.m.
THIS is my best friend she did this for bth of us ! i had been refused to enter as well ! She is beautiful inside and out . . . Who are you to judge her ! You have nothing to do with this compition!
SHOT Rhi rhi . South Africa Fo LIIIFE xx
20/10/2012 11:49:29 a.m.
u,g,l,y u aint got no alibi wrote:
i reckon she's too ugly aswell everyones entitled to there opinion and mine is she is ugly and i wouldnt have voted for her
20/10/2012 6:37:15 a.m.
Tv3 news, it seems to me that you are out of touch with reality..
Stop picking on minorities and get a better news to tell.. They did nothing wrong and they nevered said that to her..
Bloody tv3 news.. Stop dividing our country and creating war for racial discrimination!!!!
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