A couple of months ago, we reported on a story that Nikki Darling, who is currently on the verge of being crowned Miss South Africa 2018, had been invited to the Miss World pageant in the United Kingdom.
The story also revealed that the 27-year-old porn star was reportedly paid to have her name removed from the official website of the pageant, which she was not invited to attend.
But Nikki was allowed to attend as she was deemed to be a good representative of the women of her country.
Nikki’s mother, Dara Crane, told the Mirror that Nikki was very excited and thrilled to be part of the Miss South African 2018 competition, saying, “I’m so proud of her.
We have so much work to do, and we’re going to keep pushing ourselves and making sure we’re getting our country’s women’s rights right.”
Dara is Nikki’s grandmother.
She told the newspaper that Nikki is an exceptional, “very intelligent, extremely beautiful woman.”
She said that she’s “so excited to see her on the page and see how far she can go.”
Nikki Darling said she hopes to be crowned Miss Universe 2018 in November, after the competition.
The news comes just days after Nikki had her name on the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s list of the most marginalized people in the world.
“This is something that I really, really wanted to do,” Nikki told ABC News.
“I really want to be on that list.”
Nikki’s story of empowerment is not unique, either.
There are many other women who have been nominated for the title of Miss World or Miss Universe.
But unlike Nikki, these women are not women from the world’s wealthiest nations.
Nikki said that despite the lack of international recognition for their achievements, she is not interested in getting a “gold star” for being a “good representative” of South Africa.
“There’s no reason why I should get the same kind of attention as the most wealthy people in our country,” she said.
“It’s not my job to be the face of South African women.”
Nikki told the Daily Mail that she hopes the news will help to make a positive change in the way people view South Africa’s women.
“As women we’re not just trying to be in the spotlight and to be there in the best light possible, we’re also trying to change how the world views us,” she explained.
“That’s the main thing.
We want people to look at us, and the world to look into us and say, ‘This is who South Africa is.'”
Nikki also added that the beauty pageant, a showcase of South Africans’ talent and success, will help “bring women’s voices to the forefront of the world” and help “change attitudes around gender equality.”
Watch the full story from the Mirror here.
Nikki is still waiting to find out what her future holds.