Pinkie Salman is one of the finalists in the Mr South Africa pageant and he's been receiving a lot of support from Mzansi. Despite the rocky start of the contest, people seem to have warmed to Pinkie in a big way.
The Mr South Africa pageant had a shaky start as South African social media users had no mercy and commented on how unattractive everyone on the finalist list looked.
However, since then Mzansi has warmed to the contestants, especially Pinkie Salman, and the hashtag #VoteForPinkieSalman was born.
The Human Resources practitioner from Eastern Cape is very excited about all the attention, according to Channel24.
"I am so excited, and I can't believe that I've made it this far; I've worked so hard to get to this point in the competition."
The 44-year-old takes care of his body and enjoys staying active when he's not at work at the Department of Health.
"I look after my physique, and health is important to me. I am also a netball coach for both ladies and men as well as a fitness coach."
This isn't Pinkie's first rodeo with beauty competitions. He's won a few titles before, like Mr Technikon Eastern Cape (now Walter Sisulu University).
If he wins Mr South Africa, Pinkie hopes to change the world, or at least South Africa.
"As a country we are so divided and people are faced with many challenges, including drug abuse and poverty. I want to make a difference in their lives."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Pinkie is convinced that Mr South Africa has to be a humble role model for others.
I"t's not just about the title, but you need to be committed to your duties. You need to be humble and available to the communities around you."
The contest finalist feels the men of South Africa need to be good fathers and better citizens.
"We need to be good fathers and be there for our children. I want to teach boys and men to be outstanding citizens in the world. I want to lift the stigma that men are abusers."
Pinkie's own role models are South Africa's former leaders, Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela.
He's not too worried about the backlash the competition received.
"In life, you have to be criticised to be successful. I'm not bothered about the negativity. I am so positive and focused. I urge the public to welcome us; we have worked so hard."
Good luck to Pinkie, may the best man win Mr South Africa.
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