Mdantsane’s own Koliswa Sibiya Becomes Miss South Africa plus world finalist.

By Sesona Mqheliswa

Koliswa Sibiya, well known by his stage name DJ Sphalaphala, is a 37-year-old plus-size model and radio personality from Mdantsane. She began competing in beauty pageants at a young age while still a member of a youth church group called “band of hope” with her two sisters, where she and her sisters consistently won.

DJ Sphalaphala transitioned to plus-size modeling after quitting beauty pageants due to weight gain and a traumatic divorce. She said she was approached by a lady pastor in 2016 and asked to be a plus-size model to model her vintage gowns, and that was the start of her plus-size modeling career.

She was a guest judge for many community beauty pageants and has been active with the “Eastern Cape beauty with purpose” in Hemmingway’s mall.

The plus-size model said she entered Miss South Africa Plus-World 2021 last year and took advantage of the chance with elegance and modesty. She went on to say that she saw the opportunity as a gift from God to help other women grow and never give up.

She has been a mentor to several young models and has helped them to discover their modeling potential. She’s also spoken up about subjects including gender inequality, abuse, and mental illness.

“This pageant is close to my heart. I have used it as a vehicle to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, I want to encourage plus-size women  to take a stand against body shaming, to become game changers and also create positive vibes around plus-size women because everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made”, said DJ Sphalaphala.

DJ Sphalaphala added that as part of the journey, she uplifted disadvantaged communities, and with the help of sponsors and her parents, she had been able to feed the hungry on occasion, but she ran into difficulties when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, and they were unable to carry out their duties to full capacity due to lockdown restrictions.

Miss South Africa Plus-World will be held at the Bonvoyage Hotel in Bloemfontein on the 1st and 2nd of October 2021. Anyone interested in donating transportation or outfits for the event can contact 0786324381 or 0813156423.

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