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Shajar Khan
  
Miss International  South Africa 2013

I am 21 years of age and the current Miss International South Africa 2013, I will representing South Africa at the Miss International 2013 pageant, taking place in Chicago, 23 – 27 July 2013.

Upon entering Miss International South Africa 2013, I wanted to be an ambassador, someone who can make a difference in the world, and more importantly our country. My platform that I stand on and will be raising funds for: Are aiding and enabling under privileged youth, families and orphaned children through means of:

 Emotional support

 Financial support

 Mental support

 Education

 Entrepreneurship programs

 Providing a caring and nursing environment which will facilitate them to have a brighter future

I am a firm believer that poverty should not be a growth constraint. My inspiration is drawn by the words of Mother Theresa "Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love, Charity and Love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead"

This platform is close to my heart as throughout my childhood I have been blessed with a good quality lifestyle, I have been and I am fortunate to have necessities, which may seem basic however they are a luxury to many.

My first charity donation began at Aryan Benevolent Home Council, as my friend who attended primary school with me was orphaned and staying at the home. From then on we built a deep strong friendship and I grew a special bond with her and the orphanage.

It started off with sharing my food with her as well as clothes, I made it my duty to make sure she shared all the luxury items that I had growing up.

I was crowned Miss Impressions 2012 at Emperors Palace on the 5th February 2012, my talent item was a fusion dance which consisted of Belly Dancing, Indian Dancing, Classical Dancing, Latin American dancing and a self written poem Incorporated with Maya Angelou’s poem "Phenomenal Women"

I went on to be the Ambassador of Impressions Magazine, which is an Indian magazine that's distributed throughout South Africa; it features topics such as Youth development, health, beauty, latest celebrity insights as well as a platform for young Indian women to be a role model. I write an article every 2nd Month for the magazineranging from topics such as: youth development, confidence and topics that revolve around inspiring and uplifting our youth.

I was crowned Miss India South Africa Gauteng's First regional Princess on the 28 May 2011.

I represented Gauteng at Miss India South Africa 2011 which was held in Durban on the 3rd of September; I was placed in the Top 5 and crowned the Face of Miss India South Africa/ Most Beautiful Face 2011 and was selected as the Showstopper at the Miss India South Africa Semi Finals 2011, and opened the show at the Avant Garde Face of Miss India South Africa 2011.

On the 11th February 2012 I was Crowned Poize Model of the year at the Miss India SA International 2012; I was the only Johannesburg Finalist and was placed in the Top 5.

In addition I was nominated as an award recipient for a Legends Awards, and honored to be was the youngest Legend Award recipient at the prestigious event.

EDUCATION AND WORK

I am currently in my 5th year at the University of Johannesburg and completed Psychology last year. I am now completing a Human Resource Management Degree.

Apart from studying I work full time at Media 24 – On the Dot. My current position is National Sales support for the JD Group.

Previously I was a Forensic Investigator/Consultant for Ex Police Commissioner George Fivaz (Fivaz Risk Management)

I am the owner of Paper Dolls Modeling and Finishing School where we specialize in grooming, etiquette, poise, composure and day to day behavior, as well as modeling and catwalk training.

I have judged numerous Pageants such as:

 Mr. & Miss Spring 2011.

 Mr. & Miss Couture Model of the year 2011.

 Mr. & Miss Bollywood Fashion Icon 2012.

 Hosted several shows on Star TV which is the Indian Bouquet on TOP TV.

MODELING

I have been modeling since the age of 13 and been involved in many fashion shows:

 Television extra on a local TV show (intersexions)

 Modeled for two Lakme Fashion week Designers: Babita M and Shama Sikander

 One of the faces/models for leading South Africa brand Sorbet - Beauty Professionals "Dry bar" Pictures are up in more than 50 Stores in South Africa

 Modeled for Paul James Hair Salon and L’Oreal Hair Colour Paris

 I have been featured in People Magazine February 2012. 5 page spread as a fashion location feature

 The cover and interview in Get It Magazine Johannesburg February 2012

 Numerous Local Newspapers Papers

 Modeled as the showstopper for various events.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND CHARITY

As a member of a youth empowerment organization, I continually strive to be actively involved with community needs.

Cellworkz as one of my organizations has being involved with youth development as a partnership with Vodacom whereas we intensely trained 100 youth individuals for 6 months from RYCOB (Randburg Youth Organization) as Vodacom Service Providers, where transport cost and meals cost was barred by my organization. We ensure sustainability growth and youth development for the previous disadvantage individuals.

I continued my support to the Salvation Army Ethembeni Children's Home which was inherited from the organization since its interception from 1995.

My objectives are:  To make communities aware of and to accept responsibility for the aids epidemic in South Africa.

 To be willing to care for Affected and Infected children throughout the communities.

 Enabling caregivers in our communities through skills training and income generation schemes.

 Social integration- Our Children are exposed to positive realistic role models in the community through volunteer programs.

 Visitation of families over the weekend making one family lifestyle possible.

 To ensure a loving secure, safe environment for all.

 I also offer classes (Paper dolls) to underprivileged young ladies who cannot afford to join.

 

 

 

 

 

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