THE search is on for the 15th Mrs Port Elizabeth.
The first ever Mrs PE pageant was hosted in 2005 after it was founded by pageant director, Juanita Smit.
â€œThrough the years, numerous women have been empowered by these pageants; truly experiencing a life-altering journey, whether they win or not. During this journey, the women are celebrated and reminded of who they were destined to become; irrespective of whether they win or not,â€? said Smit.
Smit has worked tirelessly to change the clichÃ©d image of a â€˜Barbieâ€™ figured beauty queen, into that of a woman of integrity.
â€œIt is my belief that making a difference in the community is not dependent on the size of oneâ€™s thighs; rather on the size of her heart.â€?
For this reason there are no prescribed height or weight specifications, and no swimwear is worn during any stage of the pageant.
â€œFrom the beginning, hosting a pageant alone did not seem sensible. There had to be more to it than one brief appearance on stage, upon which to award a woman with such an esteemed title.
â€œFrom there the journey was formulated to incorporate various elements that would inspire, empower and challenge every finalist,â€? Smit said.
â€œMrs Port Elizabeth is a confident, yet humble woman; one who is passionate about serving the community.
â€œEssential characteristics include good communication skills and a spontaneous nature. It is important that she can use her initiative to create opportunities for underprivileged communities. The winner would have to be