Shazia In Thailand For Junior Idol World Pageant


The reigning Maun based Mini Princess World Botswana 2021, Shazia Juby John will this Sunday represents Botswana at the Mini Miss Junior Idol World pageant which is being held in Thailand, Bangkok.

The 7-year-old model left for Thailand on Tuesday where she will contest with international young models from other countries.  The Junior Idol World Grand Final will be hosted at Mandarin Hotel Bangkok on the 12th June from 1800hours to 2200hours.

The international competition started with the people’s favorite category which will be won by the contestant with the highest votes and voting is open until tomorrow (11th of June). Those with the highest votes will then automatically qualify to the Top 6 Finalists Category.

As at Thursday 9th John was standing at second position, with 9213 votes behind Thailand which is currently leading the votes. John was standing at 10253 votes, while Thailand had 19466 and standing on a third position was Myanmar (formerly Burma) with 5022 votes.  

At the top, the competition seem to be a two horse race between Botswana and Thailand as at one-point John was also leading the votes.  John’s mother who is also her Manager, Kath Naval John has since pleaded for more votes from Batswana at large. The voting link is –

Meanwhile Naval John has thanked companies like Ngami Net in Maun for their contribution towards their trip. She also thanked various designers comprising of Prestige, Mma Botswana, Caro Bee designs, Rockabonke Clothing, Poised Clothing, Noxy Simhle designs (South Africa) and Lala Designs for assisting John with dressing for the competitions.

“The designers managed to contribute among others Leteisi dress and shoes, evening gowns, sports wears, creative costume, swim wear, dresses and African print and national costumes,” she indicated.

For her part, Director and founder of Glory Modeling Academy, Tracia Rose Van-zyl has confidently expressed hope that John will bring home the crown. Van-zyl  who is also John’s trainer said the quality and character that she has imparted to the child in terms of walks, posture is of international standards and has prepared her for such competitions.

Among her success, John holds titles comprising of Mini Princess World Botswana 2021, Mini Princess International Botswana 2021, Junior Kids & Teen International 2021, Mini Miss Photogenic at Princess International Botswana 2021, Best Creative national costume at Princess International Botswana 2021 among others.


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