Adè van Heerden?
“I could not have asked for a more incredible opportunity and am determined to give it my all and make our country proud.”Adè van Heerden
Adè van Heerden is a 26-year-old medical doctor and second lieutenant in the South African Military Health Services. She comes from Herolds Bay in the Western Cape but has called Cape Town home for the past two years. The Miss World South Africa 2017 representative is an exceptional athlete, having won Protea colours in rhythmic gymnastics when she was 13 years old and took home a gold medal at the All African Championships.
Adè is passionate about health and fitness, and while a demanding career as a junior doctor doesn’t give her much spare time, she always makes time for exercise. She hopes one day to write a book about healthy living with recipes she’s collected and developed along the way.
The Road To
Miss SA 2017
“My hands were made to heal. My uniform was made to protect. My soul was made to burn fiercely and inspire and my heart was made to spread love.” Adè van Heerden
Adè entered Miss South Africa as an opportunity to enrich not only her own life but contribute to the growth and success of South Africa. She considers her Miss South Africa journey to be an honour and strives to represent the new and upcoming generation of women in South Africa. Unafraid to stand her ground, Adè has used her platform to educate and encourage others to take their health seriously.
Dr van Heerden
will see you now
“My greatness is not in what I have, but rather in what I have to give. I serve South Africa as a military doctor with pride.” Adè van Heerden
Just one look at Adè’s social channels and you will see she is passionate about healing. She is also focused on educating people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, exercise and the importance of self-care. In addition, Adè is using her background in medicine to make a difference with her Miss World Beauty with a Purpose campaign, dedicated to Mental Health Awareness.
The Road to
Newly crowned Miss South Africa, Adè van Heerden, embarked on her Miss World journey with the hopes to show the Miss World organization her heart. After spending a month in Sanya, China for the Miss World pageant, Adè make waves by making the top 10. Adè made South African history by being the first runner up to place in the top 10 for Miss World, while winning the Beauty with a Purpose title on pageant night as well.
with a Purpose
The Rose Parent Project is Adè’s charity initiative for Miss World. The project places patients suffering from mental health in homes with ‘parents’ who can care for them. As the official ambassador for Lentegeur Hospital, Adè strives to break the stigma of mental health and depression by talking about it. She believes that the sooner we can recognise our feelings, the sooner the path to recovery begins.
“My parents always told me that to promote significant change, you need to be brave. Not the type of bravery of knights in shining armour, but a bravery that allows you to be vulnerable and honest with your emotions.”Adè van Heerden
Hobbies and Interests
“Sometimes you just need to get outdoors, go for a run or a walk and get your mojo back.”Adè van Heerden
An avid athlete, Adè loves spending time hiking or working up a sweat at boxing classes. As a child, you’d find Adè at a ballet class, gymnastics training or playing netball. But this doesn’t mean it’s all lettuce and lunges for Adè; she is an avid baker who is exceptionally proud of her brownie-baking skills and she loves experimenting in the kitchen with flavours. When she isn’t saving lives or baking up a storm, Adè likes to tuck into Mexican food and can be found sharing a great meal with friends.