We look at Miss South Africa, who defied pageant standards and helped pave the path for today’s women. This article will look at the most notable South African crown winners based on timeline.
Miss South Africa 1958
Penelope Anne Coelen was the first Miss South Africa to win the Miss World title.
After the competition, the secretary from Durban, who was just 18 years old, acquired international renown. Though she did not succeed as an actor in Hollywood as she had hoped, she did launch her own clothes and beauty product companies.
Miss South Africa 1974
Helen Morgan was the winner in 1974, withdrew as Miss World four days after earning the title, and Anneline Kriel took her place.
Helen resigned because the increasingly unfavorable media coverage of her triumph centered on her status as an unmarried mother with an 18-month-old kid.
Miss South Africa 2014
Rolene Strauss was named Miss South Africa before being awarded Miss World in 2014.
The then-22-year-old, who was a medical student at the time, spoke about capturing the championship for South Africa at a time when the country was celebrating 20 years of democracy. “It’s not me who won; it was South Africa,” she explained.
Miss South Africa 1994
Basetsana Julia “Bassie” Kumalo at young age of 16, she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990.
In 1994, she helped open the door for more POC pageant participants.
She’s now a South African television personality, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
Miss South Africa 2019
Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss South Africa on 9 August 2019.
She had a huge influence on young women and transformed the perception of what Miss South Africa should look like, shattering numerous preconceptions affiliated with the competition.
She’s also a Public Relations graduate.