Olginha Matondo is an Angolan born makeup artist based in the Netherlands. A feisty, charming young lady, she has a good head on her shoulders and was a runner up in the 2013 edition of the QUEEN OF AFRICA CONTEST, held on the July 7, 2013 in Amsterdam, Holland.
Though Olginha ended up as First Runner up, she continues to run her makeup consultancy.
In an interview, she shares some of her thoughts on the significance of the Queen of Africa contest, and beauty pageants in general.
Ms Matondo has lived away from Africa since she was a child and this inspired her to participate in the Queen of Africa pageant.
Are beauty contests relevant today, in the light of global challenges? “The role of beauty queens is to be the voice of those who can’t be heard,” She explains. Queens, she adds have a duty to inspire younger women and empower those who have lost the excitement of living.
Pageants, she believes have grown beyond display of cute flesh. “After I had a chance at this competition, I discovered that contests demand more than beauty, you have to be smart.”
Matondo, who is also a Mary Kay Consultant, plans to use her experience as leverage. She plans to touch lives around her as well as people in Africa: “It’s not only men who can rule the world. We women are also capable to achieve our dreams no matter the circumstances. I would use my position to empower women and build a foundation that could help them further,” she concludes.