South Africans across the country are proudly waving their LGBTIQ+ flags as Louw Breytenbach has been crowned Mr Gay World.
Hailing from Boksburg in Gauteng, Breytenbach is only the third South African to receive the honour since the competition’s inception in 2009. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition was streamed via the official Mr Gay World YoutTube channel to the delight of fans.
While we couldn’t be any more proud to have a South African representing an often underrepresented community, it’s Breytenbach’s incredible story of determination and fighting through the fog of poor mental health that’s truly inspiring.
“12 years ago I tried to commit suicide a third time.. Two.5 years ago I was in a life-altering car accident which was highly publicized and landed me in a mental health facility.”
The entrepreneur went on to reveal his very public weight struggles, the shutdown of his businesses during lockdown and a cancer scare.
“We got here NEVER STOP TRYING. NEVER STOP FIGHTING. NEVER STOP BELIEVING. Your future self depends on you getting through today’s struggle. You are so worthy,“ he encouraged fans.
Congratulations Louw Breytenbach, we couldn’t be prouder!
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Picture: Louw Breytenbach Instagram