It was after she was crowned Mrs Tourism Globe SA in September last year that Lisa was told she would be representing her country at the international pageant in the Philippines just a few weeks later. Despite owning her own businesses, running PINC (her non-profit organisation) and juggling all her responsibilities as a mother of four, Lisa managed to raise the funds needed for her flights and entry and soon found herself jetting off to participate in the international pageant.
The 18-day trip, Lisa says, was a whirlwind of five-star treatment, hard work and creating memories to last a lifetime. “From the moment we set foot on Philippines soil we were treated like royalty. Cameras, media, meeting and greeting the other contestants and mayors of the cities we visited . . . it was wonderful.”
Planting trees for their country, sipping drinks out of coconuts, doing photo shoots every day, riding quad bikes, jetskiing and ziplining and loads of sightseeing, Lisa says the contestants’ itinerary was packed. “It wasn’t all fun and games though. We only had two to three hours sleep each night and our poor feet took strain from wearing heels all day every day and rehearsing for the various shows we had to participate in.”
For the talent round of the pageant Lisa did a painting of an elephant in three minutes, which she says now hangs in the lobby of one of the resorts they stayed in. The contestants also had to prepare a three-minute speech for the judges and participate in a question-and-answer session before the big event. “Everything we did from the moment we arrived (including our decorum, time keeping, speeches, dress code, hair, makeup and nails) was recorded.”
There were five titles up for grabs in the pageant, and when Lisa was announced as Mrs Tourism World, she says she was so relieved. “I was so happy to have achieved my goal.”
Asked what the title means to her, Lisa says, “I believe that a mother who cares for the world is a woman who exudes the natural sense of being a mother, whether she has given birth to a child or simply has a passion, love and special affection for children and the people of the world. My duty is to fulfil projects for my non-profit and any other charities who partner with us.”
Lisa and her husband Dario founded PINC in 2010 and have implemented programmes in various communities in the country including feeding programmes and dignity projects, as well as adopting a creche that looks after 75 children and their families every week.
“Winning this title affords me the opportunity to use this platform to engage with local and international investors who can assist with our various projects.”
Through attaining the title of Mrs World Lisa says she has realised that dreams truly can come true, but not without faith and the support of your family. “Being a contestant in a ‘Mrs’ pageant requires the full support of your husband and children. Without them there is truly no point in setting goals like I did.”
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Photographs: Wayne Rust Photography | Shoot location: Fairmont Zimbali Resort | Makeup: Dominique Ferreira | Dress: Designed by Tracey Swart | Hair: Superhair