Congratulations are in order!
Congratulations to Miss South Africa,
Rolene Strauss, on becoming the new Miss World 2014,
held in London, UK!
Although we’ve had several candidates over the years amoung the
top 10, (with the best being Basetsana Kumalo 1994 as 1st
princess, Vanessa Carreira as 2nd Princess 2001, and
Cindy Nell being 1st Princess 2002), they never had
the opportunity to win this coveted world title. Not even by
default like Anneline Kriel who was only 19 years old when she
became Miss World in 1974.
Apart from Mrs Penny Coelen Rey (Miss World 1958), and Margaret
Gardner (Miss Universe 1978), and several Mrs United Nations,
this is the first time in 56 years we have a New Miss World!
Thank you Cell C, Thank you Sun International, Thank you SABC 3,
and most of all, Thank you Rolene Strauss for making South
The Style Bible has a great piece on how these competitions
influence fashion and our personal style. Have a look at
some more on Me Strauss
I’m currently living in Bloemfontein
(Free State), but I’m originally from a small town called
Volksrust in Mpumalanga.
Occupation: Medical student at the
University of the Free State.
beauty competitions/pageants won:
Elite Model Look South Africa 2007; Miss Diaz 2010 and Miss
Shimla Varsity Cup 2011.
lessons did you learn during The Road to Miss SA TV shoot at Sun
City? I found
your attitude determines your experiences and your growth. Just
like the runway challenge in the rain, life also has slippery
and challenging moments. We should keep our eyes on the main
goal, be fearless and go for gold. Even if it means that you
might slip and fall you will inevitably end up stronger
the highlights of your Sun City stay?
I loved the photo shoot with Tim Hulme.
It was the experience of a lifetime, if there was one creature I
could be for a day, it would be an eagle. With this specific
challenge I had the opportunity to share the lens with a
beautiful black eagle. Also the fact that I was able to have
such a wonderful experience with 11 amazing women strengthened
the bond between us in such a way that we become very close,
almost like sisters.
Why do you
want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to
bring to the role? When someone says
“South Africa” I get goose bumps. I have this fire of passion
burning inside of me for our country. The opportunities I have
received have made me who I am today and I’ve realised that
there is so much to give; to our country and our people. Miss
South Africa is all about giving. One of the greatest gifts
anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my
passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to
contribute to one of the most important things any country
desires: health for all.
Who is a
previous Miss SA who has inspired you?
Jo-Anne Strauss. I remember meeting her as a
nine-year-old girl in my hometown, Volksrust. She brought Miss
SA to the people and is still making a change in the lives of
others. She is the perfect example of a beautiful, strong woman
who became Miss SA, went back to university, finished her
studies and to this day is using all her opportunities since her
crowning 13 years ago. I would love to be one of her successors.
your role models? Professor Jonathan
Jansen, the rector of the University of the Free State, is one
the most outspoken, down-to-earth, passionate, people’s persons
I’ve met. He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he
loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can
testify that he wants the best for his students and supports
them in all they do. We can all learn from Prof Jansen. Love
what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others.
Tell us a
bit more about your family? I was
blessed with the most amazing and supportive family! My mom
studied nursing and my dad medicine at the University of the
Free State. He met my mom when she was working in the wards at
Universitas Hospital and started charming her. Like a fairy
tale, they fell in love, got married and eventually wanted to
start a family. After five long years (and most of their
savings), I popped out of a test tube. A year after my birth my
brother was, as my mom says, “sent from heaven”. We are a very
close family and support each other in everything we do. My
brother and I grew up in Volksrust. He is a third year Quantity
Surveying student at Kovsies as well and plays rugby for the
u/21 Griquas team. My dad (from whom I’ve learnt to have a
passion for people) is practicing medicine and my beautiful mom
is a house wife in Volksrust, Mpumalanga.
you do in your spare time?
My mom used to tell me that the more you do, the
more you get done. I’ve always been a very active person. I love
playing golf, exercising, going to the movies in Bloem (probably
because Volksrust doesn’t have a mall or movies), reading
inspirational books and listening to educational audio books.
the year in which SA celebrates its 20th
year of democracy – what does that mean to you?
It is another reminder of our rich cultural
history, potential, power and diversity. We struggled through
our obstacles, stood up after difficult times and gave hope to
so many countries where equality is a struggle. This shows us
that we are capable of great things and we are resilient.
your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?
We as women have soft and sympathetic
souls. We are the ones who give hope, love and comfort. Let us
use those qualities.
If you won
the Miss SA crown and was able to meet one person, who would it
be and why? Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
She is a trained medical doctor and has a passion for health and
giving through the Motsepe family foundation. She is also the
chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI) where her
dream is to take young people from townships and rural area,
give them skills and show them what they can be. She is a true
inspiration of what a hard working woman can achieve in South
the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m the University of the Free State’s
first successful test tube baby.
you reading? Apart from my obstetrics
and surgery handbooks, I like reading inspirational books. I’ve
recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What is on
your iPod? Music is the one thing that
can instantly create a certain vibe. I like listening to
different music in different situations – golden oldies, country
music, Bellamy Brothers, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Ben Howard,
Jack Johnson, Mango Groove, Theuns Jordaan, Riana Nel, Retief
Burger, Hillsong and Enya to study to.
favourite TV show? The time to watch
and follow TV shows is rare, but when I get the chance I like
watching Grey’s Anatomy and Bones.
favourite meal? My mom’s oxtail and
stamp mielies. It may be because it makes me think of home and
family time or simply because it’s just so yummy!
handle: @RoleneStrauss (https://twitter.com/RoleneStrauss)
Facebook Page Name: Miss SA
This is the first year that a new crown (and
a very beautiful one I must add) have been designed for the
winner to wear during her year of reign. It surprised many
by its nature to rather be a piece of art, in stead of a beauty
queen's crown. I have to wonder about the practicality of
such a magnificent accessory, as the rest of the beauty world
(Internationally) acknowledges timeless classics as a major
ingredient. This crown has to be worn with a wide variety of
styles from her new wardrobe for an entire year. The idea
of a "Miss South Africa" has always been one of iconic stature,
and as an ambassador for South Africa in a number of ways.
I look forward to seeing the new Miss South Africa making this
one work for her... stylishly (I hope) -
The Style Bible has a great chapter on accessories and the
title "Miss South Africa" as the largest competition of its kind
in SA, so maybe the answer lies in there somewhere
The road to
"The Miss South Africa 2014 pageant",
was presented by Sun International
and sponsored by Cell C. It took
place at Sun City on Sunday March 30, 2014. In South Africa,
television viewers were able to get to know who their favourite finalist
in the build-up to the crowning.
This was thanks to the reality show "The Road to Miss South
Africa" being screened each Sunday on Mzansi Magic (DStv
Channel 161) at
Twitterhandles: @Official_MissSA @DSTV @
advise us of more...?
The Miss SA 2014 finalists were:
Mishka Patel (Western Cape), Anzel Stofberg (Western Cape),
Tshegofatso Monggae (Gauteng), Jade Hubner (Western Cape),
Tidimalo Sekhalo (Gauteng), Matlala Mokoko (Limpopo), Ziphozakhe
Zokufa (Eastern Cape), Abigail de Jager (Mpumalanga), Julia
Petersen (KZN), Caylene Marais (Gauteng), Rolene Strauss (Free
State), Dipalesa Mbola (Free State).
Image by Debbie
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