Miss Gay RSA finalist tells her story about her past

Sakie (Shakira) Leoata from Vosloorus was crowned Miss Black Pride 2016.

A hard-working Shakira told Kathorus MAIL how she was teased when she was growing up as an open gay individual.

“I was teased a lot, given derogatory names and the little me wasn’t really sure what was going on. That was the toughest moment in life as I was confused. I was a boy but I was not attracted to girls – I was attracted to other boys instead,” said Shakira.

She said it was in high school when she realised how cruel human beings could be to other human beings.

“There were times when I was locked up in the toilets and had to miss some of my classes. It was, and still is, a tormenting moment for me even today,” laments Shakira.

Through it all she managed to find healing by dressing up, especially her hair. “My mother would vouch for me and she was my first client. When she asked me to do her hair, I was very young.”

Shakira said that from then on she knew what her purpose was.

“I found my purpose and never looked back. I have entered numerous pageants since 2014 and have won two titles, namely Miss Gay Kathorus 2016 and Miss Black Pride 2016.

“Among the many titles I’ve entered and pageants I did well at, are Miss Gay Daveyton, Miss Simply Blue, Miss Gay Jozi, Miss Gay Queen of Queens,” she said.

She said hard work kept her going. She ended up entering Miss Gay RSA where she is now a finalist.

“I entered because I felt South Africa needs an ambassador, a young, hard-working and glamorous representative who’s been through all the walks of life. This country needs a person who loves people and one who is humble as well and puts other people first.

She said the toughest thing she came across as a Miss Gay RSA finalist was to raise R10 000 for a charity of her choice.

“I have approached kasi small businesses, but there was no luck and some just tell you they don’t sponsor such events.”

Shakira said she entered all pageants for one purpose, “To build and better my confidence that has been tarnished since birth. I hope to transfer the same enthusiasm to every little boy and girl out there who gets discriminated against because of being true to themselves,” she concluded.

Aaron Damane

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