Mikaela Panatazopoulos

I am 20 years old, currently in my second year studying Actuarial Science at Wits. I am half Cypriot and half Greek but I was born and raised in Johannesburg.

I attended SAHETI School where my Hellenic upbringing was further reinforced, thus from a young age, I was made to be a very proud Hellenic lady who fully embraces our culture and traditions. Something people don’t know about me is that I am a huge lover of architecture. One of my dream destinations to visit is Barcelona because of its amazing landscapes and buildings.

The main reason I decided to enter Miss Hellene was because I saw it as an opportunity to become more involved in the Hellenic community and an avenue to help as much as possible. But also I saw it as a challenge for myself by doing a beauty pageant for the first time.

I knew it would be an amazing experience where I would meet incredible people and form lifelong friendships with the other contestants. It has been such a pleasure to be a part of Miss Hellene 2016 and it’s no longer about the competition to me – but rather about being a part of an amazing community which is full of passion and φιλότιμο.

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