South Africans woke up to the news that the current Miss South Africa; Shudufhadzo Musida will not be following in Zozibini Tunzi’s footsteps by competing in the Miss Universe. South Africans Unhappy About Miss South Africa Not Entering Miss Universe.
The second runner-up; Natasha Joubert will instead compete in the Miss Universe whilst Musida will contest the Miss World.
Former Miss South Africans who won the Miss World titles were; Rolene Strauss who took the title in 2014, Anneline Kriel who won in 1974, and Penelope Coelen who won in 1958.
Musida said: “I am so excited to be going to Miss World, particularly as it celebrates a milestone anniversary, and following in the footsteps of those who have gone before me. It is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to represent this country and have the words ‘Miss South Africa’ blazoned across my chest. I want to do South Africa proud!”
The next Miss World pageant is scheduled to take place in the second half of 2021. The reigning Miss World is Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica.
Miss Universe has been postponed until next year (2021). Previous Miss South African winners were Margaret Gardiner (1978) and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017) before the current Miss Universe; Zozobini Tunzi took the title last year.
Natasha Joubert who is the second runner-up expressed her joy about competing in the Miss Universe by saying: “Never in a million years did I think a year back, as I watched our reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi being crowned, that I would be chosen as the woman to go and defend the title and show the world how strong, powerful, diverse and uniquely South African women are.
It’s been a lifelong dream that I get to live out and will forever be grateful to the Miss SA organization for granting me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hope to make my country proud and show the rest of the world what South Africans are made of, just as all the women who came before me did .”
First, runner-up, Thato Mosehle will compete at the 12th Miss Supranational next year (2021). This is the first time that South Africa will participate in the pageant.