Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a teacher, health and wellness coach, image consultant, loving wife to an amazing, supportive husband and devoted mother to three beautiful children; Franco (21), Christiaan (19) Melissa (14). I have been involved in the teaching industry for the past 21 years and I am currently a full-time teacher at Northlands Girl’s High School in Durban North. I am also the owner of Simply Models, a modelling academy that not only focuses on outer beauty, but in developing the students as a ‘whole’, from inner beauty, confidence, posture and poise to public speaking and giving the students opportunities such as taking part in fashion shows, castings, photo shoots and much more.
I also received an honorary award in 2015 from KZN Youth Development, presented to me by the first lady, Me Zuma. I have worked on various youth development programmes and I am passionate about working with the youth on a daily basis. I believe that through teaching I can reach the youth and play a positive role in the future of our country. I believe in bringing out the best in each person and strives to always keep a positive attitude.
What made me enter Mrs Grand South Africa?
By taking part in this competition, I hope to show other ladies that you can achieve your dreams at any age: I would like to encourage ladies to become the best version of themselves, to know that you are capable of a lot more than you think if you put your mind to it. I would like to show other ladies that “no matter what you go through, you are worthy”. I don’t just want to empower our teens, and youth, but also women who lost their dignity. Ladies of all walks of life. I want to show women how to be brave and to be the best version of themselves, not only for themselves, but also for their families and communities.
Tell us about your Mrs Grand SA journey thus far?
I have planned and hosted a lot of events in and around KZN and I often get invited to speak as a guest speaker at ladies’ events, where I encourage, motivate and speak about inner beauty, faith and trust, as well as how to be the best version of yourself. I completed an international image consulting course about eight years ago and I often help ladies to find their true purpose through self-confidence, and improving the way they feel about themselves. I am involved in various charity projects including; Reach for a Dream Slipper Day and Queen for a Day, CANSA Shavathon, Cupcakes for Kids with CANSA and Miss Ballito to name a few.
What do you hope to do with the title?
I believe that we as women need to stand together and uplift each other. We need to guide and love each other. This is what I am teaching my students, not only at school, but also at my modelling academy. We can all make a difference, we need to believe in ourselves and bring out the best in others to help them believe in themselves as well.
What has been your favourite experience to date?
I loved spending time with the grannies from Shakashead on Mother’s Day. I went with my daughter and a friend to treat the grannies to cake and tea. It was such a special moment to hear them sing to us and to bless us with all the love they shared with us on the morning.
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Follow Karen’s journey on her Facebook page: Mrs Grand South Africa Finalist 2017 Karen Landman
Photograph by: Pauline Hibbert
Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – December 2017 – January 2018