ZUBENATHI JIZANA

The top 25 Miss Tuks Varsity Cup 2013 contestants were chosen last Wednesday. The event has grown from a small beauty contest held at Hatfield Square with about 20 entrants in 2009 to this year’s event that boasted approximately 100 entrants.

At the top-50 elimination round, the contestants had to impress male judges Donovan Marais, Emile Temperman, Kar-Hein Schuld, Frederik Eksteen, representatives from TuksRugby Varsity Cup, as well as Carel de Jager from the organising committee.

The judges were looking for personality, good looks, humour, intelligence and eloquence. The contestants were split into ten teams of five and had to work together throughout the evening while chatting to the judges in the hope of making a good impression.

The evening started with a fun quiz which continued at intervals throughout the night. The quiz tested the ladies’ general knowledge and they also had to participate in mini games.

The highlight of the evening was when they had to place a sticker on any body part of a male judge and then compose a song of no more than five lines, with dance moves, referring to the sticker and the body part that they had stuck it to. The contestants showcased their musical talents at the event and the judges enjoyed being serenaded by them.

Current Miss Tuks Varsity Cup Cayla Esterhuysen, who went on to win the National Miss Varsity Cup 2012, attended the event.

The top 25 contestants will go through a series of rounds until the top ten are chosen. The top ten will have to face a panel of judges and raise funds for the Pink Shorts campaign against women abuse. The winner will be announced at the Varsity Cup semi-finals on 4 March and will then go on to compete in the National Miss Varsity Cup.

Photos: Eleanor Harding

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