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IN PICS | Miss Transgender 2022 says she is sharing her crown with every trans person

05 June 2022 - 15:43 By Sandile Ndlovu
Avania Dollca, 20, from Chatsworth representing Bangladesh at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall. She went on to win the pageant.
Avania Dollca, 20, from Chatsworth representing Bangladesh at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall. She went on to win the pageant.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

The newly crowned Miss Transgender SA  will advocate for LGBTQA rights, serve her community and create projects that will benefit the transgender community.

Avania Dollca, 20, was crowned in a pageant held in Newlands East, northwest of Durban,  on Saturday night.

She said she was very excited about her win and  wanted to share her crown and title with “every queen” that hasn't had an opportunity to walk in her shoes.

“This is for you, girls. I want to try my level best to inspire each and every transgender out there to feel free and to come out for who they are and not to feel bad for [it].”

Dollca said she was six when she realised she was not who society perceived her to be. It was then she started to dress like a girl.

Rebecca Maharaj, 25, from Chatsworth showcases herself in a swimwear at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Rebecca Maharaj, 25, from Chatsworth showcases herself in a swimwear at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

“When I told my mother, she cried about it and thereafter she accepted me for who I am and my father followed suit”, said Dollca.

She now works as a beautician at Pravina's Hair and Beauty.

Eight contestants competed for the crown

The pageant saw the top three winners walk away with a one-year bursary in nursing. “This is to improve their lives. They will give back to their respective communities,” said the pageant's director Kattia McWhite.

“The winner also gets cash prize,” she said. The amount was not disclosed.

The participants showcased their styles in casual wear, swimwear and evening gowns.

There was ululating and screaming from the crowd as they called out the names of their preferred contestant when the results were announced. 

“Girls, we are always here for you. If you feel that you need to speak to anybody, try to find a transgender friend who you can come out to. Don't hide who you are, tell your parents that you are a certain way,” Dollca said.

Master of ceremony Fabian Joseph admires as Lezy Shinga,18, from Umlazi as she showcase herself in a swimwear at a pageant in Newslands East Community Hall.
Master of ceremony Fabian Joseph admires as Lezy Shinga,18, from Umlazi as she showcase herself in a swimwear at a pageant in Newslands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Kattia McWhite,30, is being assisted by Lee anne Rousow as she prepares for Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 at Newlands East Community Hall.
Kattia McWhite,30, is being assisted by Lee anne Rousow as she prepares for Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 at Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Avania Dollca, 20, and Amahle Made, 20, participate at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Avania Dollca, 20, and Amahle Made, 20, participate at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Contestants at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 showing their styles at the first round of the pageant in Newslands East Community Hall.
Contestants at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 showing their styles at the first round of the pageant in Newslands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

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Kimberly Fraser representing Thailand in her evening gown at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Kimberly Fraser representing Thailand in her evening gown at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Participants in the Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 pray as the pageant start at Newlands East Community Hall.
Participants in the Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 pray as the pageant start at Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Avania Dollca, 20, make-up Amahle Made, 20, as they prepare for Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 at Newlands East Community Hall.
Avania Dollca, 20, make-up Amahle Made, 20, as they prepare for Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 at Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Amahle Made, 20, from Pietermaritzburg representing USA at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Amahle Made, 20, from Pietermaritzburg representing USA at Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 in Newlands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
Miss Transgender South Africa 2017 Kattia McWhite,30, from Newslands East held the crown for five years because the pageant could not be organised due to Covid-19. Yesterday she handed over the crown to Avania Dollca, 20, from Chatsworth.
Miss Transgender South Africa 2017 Kattia McWhite,30, from Newslands East held the crown for five years because the pageant could not be organised due to Covid-19. Yesterday she handed over the crown to Avania Dollca, 20, from Chatsworth.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
NAMASTE: Mlondi 'Imani' Malinga,32 from Hammarsdale reacts during Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 where she was representing India in Newslands East Community Hall.
NAMASTE: Mlondi 'Imani' Malinga,32 from Hammarsdale reacts during Miss Transgender South Africa 2022 where she was representing India in Newslands East Community Hall.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu
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