Don’t let that experience determine who you are
Full name: Oratile Remofilwe Rannona
Likes: shopping, bags, ice cream, romcom movies
Dislikes: onions, pepper, tomatoes, waking up in the morning
Status: model and student
Please tell us about yourself
I am Oratile Remofilwe Rannona, born in the Western Cape in George on the 5th of June 2002. I currently live in Klerksdorp with my parents and my younger sister and I matriculated in 2020 at Curro Klerksdorp. I would say I am an ambivert.
I describe myself as bold, ambitious, driven and focused. I’m passionate about modelling and about reaching by objectives, goals and dreams. I stand up for what’s right and I don’t let failure define but rather mould me. I was born to speak, embrace and empower.
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
An experience that almost destroyed me would be back in high school, beginning of my senior phase. I got into trouble at school for being intoxicated and I was almost expelled from school and that broke my relationship with my parents at that time
How has this experience impacted your life?
This experience impacted my life positively more than negatively. The negative part would be I lost some friends , I had a warning attached to my perfect school record but on the positive side , I gained new amazing friends, I got more closer to my parents that I can literally tell them anything and it shaped me into the young woman I am today , because after that experience I focused on me rather than chasing friendships and unnecessary things that weren’t benefiting for me .
Do you think that had it not been for this experience you would have become the person you are?
I don’t think I would be the person I am today , I think I would still be the lost sheep , not saying I know everything now but I’m more open and heading in the direction that I am meant to be in
What advise do you have for someone that has been through the same experience?
I would say don’t let that experience determine who you are, this is a chance to pick yourself up and choose better.
As cliché as it might sound
What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment means a lot of things to me but to me if I was to describe it, I would say it’s the uplifting of woman to woman, acknowledging each other’s self-worth and each other’s powers. It’s being able to work together and not against each other after all society standards is our enemy and we should be fighting that and not fighting each other
Tell us about your pageantry history.
I started doing one day pageants when I was about 11 and that’s when I joined my first modelling school for some time and then I took a break and went to play sports around the age of 13. I returned back but this time doing journey pageants (pageants that would take 2-3 months before crowning the winner) and that was in 2018 , which was Miss Klerksdorp Teen , which I only made to the finals and I thought of giving up . But late that year a close friend asked me to try my last competition and if I lose I can stop and I put my all into the competition and in March 2019 I was crowned Miss Teen Face of Mahikeng also making me Miss Teen Altitude South Africa 2019 , went on to winning Miss Teen North West 2020 and currently I am a finalist for Miss Teen of South Africa 2021
What inspired you to join pageantry?
Honestly speaking when I joined at the age of 11 it was the glitz and glam that inspired me , I fell in love with walking on stage and smiling and the cheering and not forgetting the tiara , what 11 year old wouldn’t like some diamond tiara on her head . But as I got older I saw the impact that pageantry had on a person , the growth it came with it , the lessons , meeting and learning to work with people and also the platform it gave to an individual to impact others .
What are some of your achievements?
I know this is not much of an achievement, but I celebrate small wins, but I got my license last year and I matriculated during Covid. I have my own YouTube channel coming soon and I have an awareness project Voice of the voiceless which is focused on gender-based violence and that’s besides my modelling titles
What should we expect from you in 2021?
Well you will have to wait and see
But this year I’m going digital meaning I will be posting more content on my social media pages, start doing collaborations and work on my channel but one thing I can say is I won’t be resting
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to leave a legacy of courage and my voice, courage for women to go after what they want, to have a voice to voice out and to not be shut up by anyone . To know that they are everything that they want and dream to be and they have a voice to be as loud as they can
Facebook: Oratile Rannona
Name of the Photographer and other credits
Photographer: Teezymaticshots & Melanie Els photography