This missus will be flying the flag for the Cape Flats, and Africa, when she jets off to the Mrs Globe pageant in China next week.
Rene Roberts-Patel, 39, was born and raised in Mitchells Plain, and says it’s the first time she will be strutting her stuff on an international stage.
The mom now lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two daughters, aged 13 and 12.
The beauty queen is the continental representative for the global pageant taking place in Hainan, on 1-12 December.
She says being selected was a “great honour” and beyond her wildest dreams.
“I have been doing pageants since I was 10 years old and this is the first time I will be on an international stage,” says an excited Rene.
“Last year I was a finalist in the Mrs South Africa pageant which was huge honour in itself,” she adds.
Rene was nominated Mrs Globe by pageant directors to represent the 54 African countries at the competition, and will be competing against ladies from over 60 countries worldwide.
She says: “I was the first Mitchells Plain contestant in Mrs SA and now I’m the first Mitchells Plain woman to represent Africa at Mrs Globe.”
When she’s not wearing her tiaras and sashes, Rene is a working mom who runs her own gym and several corporate marketing campaigns.
“It’s the charity work that is the most important and rewarding thing that I do,” says Rene.
She says last year she was able to assist Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, with much needed school books.
“I want to make the people of Mitchells Plain proud, and at the same time show women, young and old, that anything is possible,” she adds.
In 2015, Riana Mooi, of Durban became the first South African to win the pageant.
The current Mrs Globe is Sylvia Yammine of Lebanon.
Winners get cash and prizes worth $25 000 (R355 000), and also become the primary fundraiser and global ambassador for the organisation’s charity, the WIN Foundation.