Trans woman Lehlogonolo Machaba makes it to top 30 Miss SA

Lehlogonolo Machaba
Transgender woman Lehlogonolo Machaba, the only contestant from the North East, has made it to the top 30.

Lehlogonolo Machaba, The first transgender woman to officially enter the South African Beauty Pageant, has made the first cut joining 29 gorgeous women as a top 30 semi-finalist.

Lehlogonolo Machaba, the only contestant from the North West, wrote in an Instagram post “I am proud to announce that I have OFFICIALLY made it to the #Top30 of #MissSA2021 thanks to all of you. This journey has been nothing but a great one and all of you have made this worthwhile. I will continue to push for change and acceptance of everyone in the LGBTQI+ community and being the first EVER TransWoman in the competition I can declare that by the grace of God TOP 15 here we come. Look out for all the information regarding voting on my next posts and Instagram stories. @official_misssa ”


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Machaba. jacaranda fm reports, is from Oskraal in the North West and works as a model booker at Invade Models. She is also the founder and owner of the DeMollies fashion brand. The 24-year-old has a diploma in fashion design technology from Tshwane University of Technology.

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Her role model is her mother Caroline, who is a gender-based violence survivor and works as a supervisor of service aid at a public hospital, said Ms. Machaba.

“Transgender women are almost always ostracised from such opportunities which is why I never thought I’d see anyone like myself on such a platform. I believe that being chosen would raise hope in a lot of little girls like myself,” Machaba said.

“It has always been a dream of mine to represent my community at such a high level. The daily murder of queer and trans-identifying people in our country is devastating.

“Through the Miss SA platform, I’d be able to advocate for the LGBTQIA community and more specifically queer-identifying women. I would use this opportunity to empower every marginalised person and become a beacon of hope for young girls…”

If you are from South Africa you can vote, for a fee, as a fifth judge by clicking here.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender