Miss SA crown beckoning again for hopefuls

Miss SA crown beckoning again for hopefuls

The search is on for the next Miss South Africa as the reign of current Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida, draws to an end.

Musida will hand over the crown to her successor in October.

Thanks to renewed interest in the pageant, driven partly by Zozibini Tunzi’s triumph as the longest-reigning queen in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, the organisers are expecting to be inundated with entries.

“We are delighted the Miss SA brand continues to provide a leading voice for the winners but also all the young entrants and finalists who join us as part of this in an  empowerment platform,” said Stephanie Weil of the Miss SA organisation.

Entries open at 5pm on Monday. To simplify the entry process, hopefuls need only visit the Miss SA website, answer some questions and upload pictures of themselves.

Musida, who is competing at the Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico in December, said being Miss SA had not only empowered her but also other young women.

“It showed me that all dreams are valid irrespective of your background,” she said.

“My life has been changed forever and the lives of the generations to come after me.

According to her biography on the Miss SA website, Musida was born in 1996 and hails from Ha-Masia village in the Vhembe district in Limpopo.

She matriculated from Bryanston High School and then earned a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Pretoria. She was busy studying for an honours degree in international relations when she was crowned Miss SA.

Along with modelling for campaigns that appeared in such titles as Vogue Italia, she has been appointed as an ambassador of The Bookery which sets up libraries in struggling public schools.