The 2015 Cell C
International Miss South Africa Pageant took place in
Sun City's renowned Super Bowl, and the winner of this
auspicious title, is Liesl Laurie.
went on to take part in the Miss World
on Dec 19th, 2015, in Sanya, The People’s Republic of
China. South Africa was impressively placed 2nd
after the Judges' interviews, and placed no 10 overall of the
results were: Miss Indonesia 3rd, Miss Russia 2nd, and
Miss World 2015 is Miss Spain!
What about Miss Universe?
Laurie was crowned as Queen in the Miss South Africa 2015
pageant held at Sun City on Sunday, 29 March.
She is a 24-year-old model, who is also a B.Com
graduate, and hails from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg.
She is passionate about charity and, on her
profile on on the official Miss South Africa website, said at
the time: "I have been working with a number of non-profit
organizations that include Babies Behind Bars and Pilgrim Oasis
Community Children’s Outreach in Eldorado Park and adjacent
informal settlement in Kliptown. Ziphozakhe zokufa, the
runner up/default Miss South Africa for 2014 (who took the title
after her predecessor, Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss world
2014), crowned her at the 2015 pageant.
The Miss SA 2015 finalists were:
The finalists come from
around the country: Seven are from Gauteng, three from the
Western Cape and one each from Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga.
They were Busi Mahlangu, Chanelle
Sardinha, Danelle de Wet, Gugulethu Banda, Kim Wentzel, Liesl
Laurie, Nicole Lee Lamberts, Ntsiki Mkhize, Refilwe Mthimunye,
Shanè Naidoo, Sihle Makhanya and Taryn Morris.
Miss Universe -
Runner up to Miss SA Liesl Laurie, Refilwe Mthimunye,
24,represented South Africa at the Miss Universe 2015
the 64th Miss Universe pageant, and held on 20 December 2015
at The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Me Mthimunye placed
top 15. The top 5 was France, Colombia, Phillipines,
Australia, and USA (USA was for the 52nt time in history in the
top 10). Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines, 2nd was
Miss Colombia, and 3rd Miss USA.
Ndebele-, and English speaking, Me Mthimunye, 24, is a 3rd year
law student, model and founder of the Princesses Foundation. Her
hometown is a small town called Bronkhorstspriut, where she grew
up being raised by a single mother.
more personal note, I
have to add that the 2015 Miss SA competitions was not one of the best productions South
Africa has presented. It would be closer to the truth if I
dare mention that this was one of the worst productions I have
had to endure. This streak continued with the Miss World
Competition that was televised live on SABC3, and the Miss
Universe that was live streamed only. In the latter event,
the most embarrassing incident occurred for the entire world to
see: the crown was mistakenly awarded to Miss Colombia,
one minute later taken off her head and rightfully awarded to
Miss Philippines. I have also found over the years that SA never
competes well with their national costumes. It is
sometimes referred to as fantasy outfits, and should leave NO
stone unturned. Imaginations should soar. But.
It seems that it is not taken as serious as it should be.
Here's the national costumes from South Africa that was seen by
- South Africa's National Costume at
the Miss World competition in Sanya, People's Republic of China
on 20 December 2015. Some images from previous years are
- South Africa's
National Costume at the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas,
21 December 2015 (22nd SA time).
This is the second year that a new South
African crown (and
a very beautiful one I must add - and by some referred to as
"that" crown) have been designed for the
winner to wear during her year of reign. Read more about
it on the 2014 page -
and for more background,
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.
Hit me up on Twitter @simonrademan
if you like.
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