Full name: Sumaiya Omar
Likes: Art, Health, Women Empowerment
Dislikes: Gender based violence, inequality, narcissm and racism
Status: Happily married
Please tell us about yourself
I am internationally published and award-winning Wedding Cake Artist, Teacher and Mentor. I am also the recipient of the Wonder of Women Award 2020. A Top 25 Mrs. South Africa Finalist. A Content Creator for businesses within the food, fashion, health and beauty industries. An advocate and activist against gender-based violence. I own a charity in honour of the old and frail. I am also a part time Presenter, Public Speaker and MC.
Please share with us an experience that almost destroyed you, an experience that almost cost you your life, however you decided to go out there and Fetch Your Life
I have had many rejections and setbacks in my life. I believe that every rejection in my life didn’t destroy me but made me realise that God will open the right door for me to flourish within. When I started teaching and mentoring, I believe it was a moment to truly ‘Fetch my life,’ in the pursuit of helping others for I now know who I am.
How has this experience impacted your life?
Profoundly! I love and respect myself in a way I wish all women would. It has impacted me positively and has allowed me to manifest this very positivity towards the women I meet.
Do you think that had it not been for this experience you would have become the person you are?
I refer to rejections and setbacks. God knew that I was strong enough to handle it. God gave me the strength, creativity and resilience to apply myself. So yes, my experiences have shaped me into the person I am today.
What advice do you have for someone that has been through the same experience?
Rejection and setbacks are God’s way of showing you that there is something better to come. Live in the moment of now and be grateful for God’s divine intervention. Don’t harbour hate. Manifest love and positivity.
What does women Empowerment mean to you?
A sisterhood in where we, as women, bare no malice, envy or jealousy toward each other. In where we clap for talent. In where we rise by lifting others. Given that we are all so different, we bloom together.
Tell us about your pageantry history.
This was my first year entering a pageant. I am so honoured to be a Mrs. South Africa top 25 Finalist.
What inspired you to join pageantry?
The art of Women Empowerment. Mrs. South Africa is a pageant unlike any other where we strive for the betterment of our fellow South African sisters.
What are some of your achievements?
Women of Wonder Award 2020
I am internationally published and have made cover on India’s first Cake Art magazine.
I have attained an award in honour of my wedding cake artistry.
Top 20 Cape Town Semi Finalists for the Expresso Show Presenter Search.
And currently a Mrs. South Africa Top 25 Finalist.
What should we expect from you in 2021?
I am hoping to serve my country via the Mrs. South Africa platform. I would love to engage and network more with the powerhouses of this country in the pursuit of justice against gender-based violence on women and children. I would love to voice more on mental health awareness for I believe that this is where many issues begin. I would love to work more with Mrs. South Africa’s Charity Women4Women in the hopes of empowering our youth. I would love for social gatherings to return in order to continue to MC and speak at events. I pray that pandemic allows us the freedom to return to some formal of normalcy.
I would love to have my own television show! If not 2021, hopefully at some point God willing.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
My purpose is to serve. To continue to pay it forward with compassion and grace. I am who I am because of the people (mainly women who believe in me.) I aspire for my legacy to be one of humility, compassion, love and grace.
Facebook: Sumaiya Omar – Mrs. South Africa Top 25 Finalist
Business website: www.cakeduchess.co.za
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