Miss Earth SA 2010

Monday, 01 November 2010

Daniele Naude designs for Nondyebo Dzingwa

Miss Earth South Africa (in association with Consol) 2010, 24-year-old Environmentalist and Entrepreneur, Nondyebo Dzingwa, aims to map the earth 'green' as she sets her goals on the ultimate International title, Miss Earth 2010.

Dzingwa will be representing South Africa amongst 120 International delegates from around the world this December as she takes part in the 10th annual International Miss Earth. She will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in ten days time, and will spend the month of November in the heart of South East Asia as she travels throughout Vietnam with her fellow contestants.

Delegates will be visiting schools and communities, promoting environmental campaigns and programmes. Meeting with dignitaries and environmental bodies across the region.

 Dzingwa has been ear marked by international players to be placed as one of the winners at this years International Gala event to take place on 4 December at Vinpearl in Nha Trang.

Since the crowning Nondy has travelled across SA, visiting schools and addressing learners on several environmental issues such as glass recycling, energy efficiency and water wise consumption, encouraging new lifestyle behaviours that they will keep close to heart, for years to come. This young woman now faces the opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that will change her life forever. Nondy is no stranger to travelling, but as she embarks on her voyage to South East Asia a new world of culture, experiences and learning begins.

“This is going to be a life changing experience and history in the making. This is the year for Africa to shine and I want to add my name on the list. Going to the Vietnam is an exciting phase of my life, I know it’s going to be an unforgettable experience.

Even though I am still the same person, I know my destiny will be changed forever! This is my opportunity to showcase the phenomenal environmental work that we do here in South Africa. And I want to be an example to the world. Young beautiful women can be the difference that society needs,” says the gorgeous Eastern Cape beauty says, Dzingwa.

She will be dressed by South African renowned couture designer, Tanya Deetlef of Belle Daring Designs, who has designed her official evening gown that she will be competing in. Colette Designer Garments from Johannesburg has designed her cocktail wear and Daniele Naude has designed several garments especially for Dzingwa’s trip.


Jewellery has been sponsored by Crystal Forum, Swarovski Crystal, luggage by Consol to ensure that she travels in absolute style. Nondyebo drives a Prius Hybrid compliments of Imperial Toyota and she is always green and on time with her Citizen Eco Timepiece.

National Director, Catherine Constantinides said that she believes “Nondyebo is a complete and perfect package, and will represent SA with pride and dignity. Showcasing a thread of each of the vibrant and diverse colours that make us who we are as a nation. There could be no better Environmental Ambassador that we could take to showcase to the world. Nondy will do us proud.”


Artikel in Beeld / Article in Beeld

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Daniele klim mode se suksesleer

Alhoewel sy net beperkte gebruik van haar hande het, is Daniele Naude (23) besig om naam te maak as modeontwerper.

Weens komplikasies wat ingetree het toe Daniele se ma haar verwag het, het haar vingers nie reg ontwikkel nie. Maar dié vasberade jong vrou wou ontwerper word en niks sou haar kon keer nie.

Wedding“Ek het al van kleins af in my ouma se huis met material gespeel en rokke geteken,” sê Naude.“Modeontwerp was my eerste keuse as beroep en dis dit.”

Naude het haar diplomastudie in modeontwerp aan die Damelin-kollege in 2005 voltooi. Sy  is in dié jaar aangewys as die beste student in haar klas en aan dié college.

Sedert verlede jaar het sy haar eie onderneming, Daniele Concepts, wat spesialiseer in trou- en matriekafskeidrokke, maar sy het ook al rokke ontwerp vir Mej. Aarde en Mev. Suid Afrika deelnemers. “Ek doen die meeste werk self, maar as ek baie besig raak, kry ek hulp met stikwerk. My familie ondersteun my baie.” sê Naude wat binnekort haar eersteling verwag.

Naude sê haar gunsteling ontwerper is Louis Vuitton. Dié modehuis se styl en kleurkombinasies beïndruk haar veral. Christa B. is haar gunsteling onder Suid-Afrikaanse ontwerpers.

Van Naude se klere word by die Wedding Info Centre in die Menlyn Retail Park uitgestal maar haar droom is om eendag ‘n huishoudelike naam in die modewinkels van Sandton te wees.

“In ‘n mate is ek gelukkig want ek het van kleins af al gewoond geraak aan my hande, maar ek beskou dit nie as ‘n beperking op waartoe ek in staat is nie,” sê sy.
“Die geheim is om jou nie te steur aan wat mense sê nie, want die enigste beperking is wat jy self glo jy kan doen.”

Miss Earth SA 2008

Monday, 01 September 2008

Matapa To Map The Earth Green

Four months ago, the super sassy and intelligent Matapa Maila, the 23 year old, Fuel Supply Co-ordinator scooped the National title of ‘Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol’ 2008. Now Maila has her eyes set on the ultimate International title, Miss Earth 2008. With her departure in just a few days time, this South African delegate has not had a moment to rest with much preparation and a hectic schedule to keep pace with.

Since the crowning Miss Earth South Africa has travelled across SA, visiting schools and addressing learners across the spectrum, with an environmental message that they will take home with them. Encouraging new lifestyle behaviours that they will keep close to heart, for years to come. This young woman now faces the opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that will change her life forever. Matapa will travel abroad for the first time, as she embarks on her voyage to South East Asia. She will compete amongst 100 International contestants from around the world on November 9th in Pampanga, Clark in the Philippines for the 8th International title of Miss Earth.

Finalists will travel across South East Asia visiting communities, Governors and dignitaries from across the region. The contestants will also get hands on involved in environmental projects and issues affecting that part of the globe.

The gorgeous Limpopo beauty says, “This is going to be a life changing experience and history in the making. This is the year for Africa to shine and I want to add my name on the list.

Going to the Philippines is an exciting phase of my life, I know its going to be an amazing unforgettable experience. Even though I am still the same person I know my destiny will be changed forever!”

The Miss Earth has gained great momentum over the past few years. International pageants are no longer focussing solely on the appearance and glamour of the finalists. This event was created to ensure the role of young women in the global crisis that we are faced with, the destruction of Mother Earth.  And it has created an incredible platform for awareness over the past 8 years across over 100 countries that participate.

Matapa’s send off to the International event was hosted at the Anglo Gold Conference facility at the Johannesburg Zoo. This venue has recently received a four star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Matapa will be dressed by South African renowned couture designer, Werner Dey who has designed her official evening gown that she will be competing in, Colette Palin Designer Garments from Johannesburg has designed her National Costume, this dress specifically was inspired by the passion that South African’s express when united as a nation. Her additional wardrobe has been put together byDaniele Naude and Louise Peters as well as renowned Pretoria Designer Gerrit Pienaar of Claris.

Her jewellery has been sponsored  by Crystal Forum, Swarovski Crystal, her luggage by Consol. Matapa drives a Prius Hybrid compliments of Imperial Toyota and is flown around the country for greening work by Kulula.com for its Project Green. Additionally her accommodation needs are taken care of by Emperors Palace.

National Director, Catherine Constantinides said that she believes “Matapa is a complete and perfect package, and will represent SA with pride and dignity. Showcasing a thread of each of the vibrant and diverse colours that make us who we are as a nation.”


Miss Earth SA 2007

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Daniele Naude one of South Africa's top designers

The official announcement of the 2007 Miss Earth South Africa Finalists was made at a cheese and wine event proudly hosted by AUDI The Glen. Some of the gorgeous Gauteng based finalists attended the event enthused. The National Director, Catherine Constantinides, commented that 'the calibre and very high standard of all the entries this year, made the selection process, to get to the finalists a difficult one'. This years event promises to be even more glamorous than before, with an array of exciting and exclusive partners on board, such as AUDI The Glen.

 The finalists and winners will walk away with prize packages that many girls would only dream of. The 2007 Miss Earth South Africa winner will drive away with a new AUDI A3, compliments of AUDI The Glen. Eric Brodie of Audi, had the following to say: "Audi, The Glen, are enthusiastically involved with Miss Earth South Africa and what they stand for. Audi is an environmentally aware company, and are well known for their support of many environmental initiatives. We proudly support the Miss Earth SA 2007 campaign. We look forward to the year ahead with the Miss Earth SA and wish the new Miss Earth South Africa all of the best for her year of reign."

These gorgeous beauties will take part in several environmental and green activities over the next eight weeks, some of which are joint projects with Joburg City Parks, SANParks, Food and Trees for Africa and many other organisations. The finalists are in for the time of their lives. Finalists this year are representative of almost every corner of South Africa, from Mpumalanga, Limpopo right through to Paarl and Stellenbosch. Not forgetting to mention the glamorous girls from the Metropolitan cities of Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Jozi.

SA Fusion will produce a world class show for guests and fans as only they know how. Top SA designers JJ Schoeman, Claris by Gerrit Pienaar, Sun Goddess and Daniele Naude to name a few will dress these Earth Goddesss.

Join us as we find out who will take home the coveted title for 2007 and be whisked off to Manila to represent South Africa at the 6th International Miss Earth. Finalists have a full schedule and part of their work will take shape in many upliftment and educational programmes that will uplift and create awareness for aligned green issues and conservation.


Cover Girl

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Cover Girl Search Competition 2007

Barberton has had its fare share of young girls who did well as models or participated in some fashion or model competition. Once again a local born-and-bred in Barberton, astonished her peers as she quite by accident participated in the Cover Girl search and reached the finals with no experience in this area whatsoever.

Catherine Holmquist (16) was a pupil at Barberton High School until recently, before she decided to do home schooling, was seen by local photographer Stefan du Plessis while she was assisting a friend at a bridal expo in February. He asked her if she had ever considered a modelling career and if she would allow him to take photographs of her and enter her in the cover girl search.

After discussing it with her grandmother, Rhoda, she decided to give it a go. “I have never considered doing this kind of thing but thought, what the heck. I have nothing to loose and it would be good experience,“ she said.She had a photo session with Stefan at his studio in Nelspruit and he entered her into the competition.

She was quite astonished with the photos, but did not think anything would come of it. At the end of April, Catherine received the astonishing news that she was one of the finalists in the 13-16 age group.

The other categories were 5-8, 9-12 and 17-28. Over 520 girls from all over the country entered.She had to go to the Emerald Casino for the gala evening on June 30.

Seven South Africans were assigned to design dresses for the models for this event. Daniele Naude designed Catherine’s dress and punk rock was the theme. She said this was quite a hectic time with rehearsals and fittings and everything had to have been ready by yesterday!

The make-up was done by Face to Face and Dominique from Image was the photographer for the gala event. Out of all the entries the judges chose 30 out of the first two age groups and 60 out of the last two to go through to the final judging. Eventually Catherine was placed in the 33rd position in her age group (13-16).

Catherine was offered a modelling contract in Johannesburg afterwards, but decided to finish her matric first and then decide what direction her life would take.

“For me this was an amazing experience and I will enter other competitions in future and see what happens,” she concluded.

Article as on Barberton Tourism Website - Written by Lynette Louw

Volg Jou Hart

Thursday, 01 February 2007

Volg Jou Hart

As jy kyk na die fyn handewerk wat Daniele Naude doen, sal jy nooit raai dat haar hande nie normaal is nie.  

Toe dié belowende jong modeontwerper een en twintig jaar gelede gebore is, was die naelstring stewing om haar toegevoude handjies gedraai.

Dit het die bloedstoevoer versteur, het die dokters gesê, sodat net drie vingers van haar linkerhand ten volle ontwikkel het. Die gedeeltelik ontwikkelde duim en wysvinger was vas aan mekaar. Haar regterhand het net drie deels gevormde vingers gehad.

Daarby was een van Daniele se voete agtertoe gedraai, en het die weefsel van die maermerrie nie geheg nie. As pap babetjie moes sy haar eerste operasie kry.

“Ek kan nie eens meer onthou hoeveel hand en voetoperasies ek gehad het nie. Die finale voetoperasie is in my matriekjaar gedoen en die laaste skroef is drie weke voor die matriekafskeid uitgehaal. My voet was so geswel dat daar geen sprake van mooi skoene was nie – ek is matriekafskied toe met rocker boots!”

Al het Daniele se voet bo verwagting herstel, lyk haar hande steeds anders as ander mense s’n.

“Ek het net drie normale vingers. En my duim kan nie buig nie.”

Maar as jy dink dit sou Daniele keer om so handig en handvaardig soos ander te wees, het jy dit mis. “My ouers het my geleer ek’s ‘n gewone mens. Party goed doen ek wel bietjie anders, maar mense wat al hulle vingers het, doen dinge ook op verskillende maniere.”

Dis dié nugter benadering wat gekeer het dat Daniele ‘n kompleks kry. “Ek was regtig gelukkig om van kleuterskooldae af nooit gespot te word oor my hande nie.  Ek het jare lank trompoppies gedoen en was ‘n subleidster wat die staf gooi, ek het freestyle dancing gedoen en in graad 11 en 12 tromme in ‘n band gespeel. My vriend het my leer kitaarspeel. Wat ek meeste van hom waardeer, is dat hy die eerste dag gevra het: “Wat gaan met jou hande aan?” As mense reguit vra, kan ek verdhuidelik, en dan is die saak uitgeklaar”.

Al wat sy nooit gedoen het nie, is om klavier te leer speel. “Die onderwyseres het gesê dit gaan nie werk nie, maar vandag dink ek sy kon bietjie meer inisiatief aan die dag gelê het!”

Daniele wou eers ‘n formule 1-renjaer word, maar haar ouers het ‘n stokkie daarvoor gesteek. “Op ‘n dag het ek in die kunsklas begin kleresketse maak en besluit ek wil ‘n modeontwerper word. Ek het soveel wilde drome gehad dat my ouers my nie ernstig opgeneem het nie, tot ek in my matriekjaar daarop aangedring het dat ons in die motor klim en my by Damelin Education Group gaan inskryf!”

Die tweejaar diploma kursus was veeleisend. “Die grootste uitdaging was om wakker te bly. Jy werk nagte om. Mense besef dit nie. Maar ek was mal daaroor. Die laaste twee maande het ek elke dag gehuil oor ek moes vort.”

Daniele het verskeie toekennings verwerf, onder meer dié van Beste Damelin Student in 2005. Sy het uitsrustings vir ‘n rits geleenthede en kompetities soos Mev. Suid-Afrika, Bridal Africa en Miss Earth ontwerp. “Dis heerlik om retig oorspronklik te kan wees, baie lekkerder as om van ‘n prentjie af te werk.”

Na ses maande by n bruidsuitruster het Daniele haar eie modeontwerp-onderneming in Centurion begin. “Ek het maar geadverteer en gebedjies opgesê, en sover gaan dit goed.”

By die fotosessie verstom ek my aan die behendigheid waarmee Daniele die lint deur die korset ryg. Dis ‘n praktiese demonstrasie van haar oortuiging dat fisieke struikelblokke jou nie hoef terug te hou nie. “Jy is mos nie jou lyf nie,” sê sy ligweg. “Jou lyf help net jou siel om te kom waar jy wil wees”.

Artikel in Rooi Rose Februarie 2007 – Geskryf deur Mariette Snyman.


Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Interview on RSG


Daniele Naude was interviewed on RSG (Radio Sonder Grense) in 2007.

The interview was about her work, her challenges, dreams and current projects. It was an honour to have been asked for the interview, and although she was quite nervous at first she truly enjoyed the experience.

Fashion in Africa

Friday, 05 May 2006

Daniele at Fashion in Africa

The launch of the Fashion in Africa (FIA) project on the 5th May 2006 was a huge success! Planning for the next event has already commenced! The pilot project has set the stage for other African countries to join South Africa and Tunisia in their quest to promote African fashion and culture collectively to the rest of the continent and the globe!
The first-ever Fashion in Africa event was a joint venture between the Tshwane Municipality (Pretoria, South Africa) and the Tunisian Embassy.

The idea of collaboration with Tunisia in a culture-related venture stemmed from President Thabo Mbeki's visit there in 2004 to promote trade and business partnerships between this northernmost African country and South Africa, the southernmost African country, symbolizing the drive towards a united continent.

Daniele Naude was one of the designers for the event. Daniele's designs for the Fashion In Africa project are based on "historic liberation".

As such, her inspiration is drawn from the Voortrekkers, with their "kappies" and "bloomers", as well as from traditional black African heritage. Her accessories are created from wooden beads and achieve an earthy feel associated with wildlife. All of these elements result in a theme that is both different and opposing, yet with the ability to create unity. As Daniele says, such a creation is indicative of a "heritage of the past, combined with future quests".

Combined Articles from Fashion in Africa Website

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