of Miss South Africa
With 60 Miss South Africa's crowned, three Miss World titles brought home and two Miss Universe crown in the bag, Miss SA has a rich pageant history to look back on. Among the many historic moments is the crowning of Amy Kleinhans, the first woman of colour to win the Miss SA crown, which led to her representing our nation on the Miss World stage. Hosted by Sun City in 1992, pageant participants paraded with the flag of their country; Amy instead, chose to walk with a white flag to symbolise peace. After the event, she received a phone call from Nelson Mandela thanking her for making such a brave stand.
In 1997, South Africa saw Kerishnie Naicker elected the first Indian woman to hold the Miss South Africa title. By entering, she intended to bring public attention to the large Indian population in South Africa, while raising awareness about tuberculosis. Kerishnie was also the first Miss South Africa to represent the nation on the Miss Universe stage, in which she placed in the Top 10.
Where were you when Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World? Breaking a ‘40-year drought’, Rolene took the world by storm and reminded everyone that South African women are a force to be reckoned with. Now a medical doctor, wife and mother, Rolene continues to inspire and uplift the young women of South Africa.
The Miss South Africa pageant has been the stepping stone to success for winners and finalists alike. It brings a nation together, builds communities and creates unrivalled opportunities for the fierce, modern women of South Africa. We might be celebrating 60 years of empowering and enriching the lives of South African women, but we are only just getting started...