Pretoria – Organisers of the Miss South Africa beauty pageant have announced that they will be crowning two winners at the end of the competition this year.
Speaking during a cocktail event at the Sun Maslow at Time Square in Pretoria recently, Miss SA officials said the pageant has shifted from the traditional system where the top 12 finalists were reduced to five, from which a second princess is announced, followed by a first princess and then the winner.
They said dramatic changes have been made aiming to strengthen the nation’s performance at global platforms.
According to the new arrangement, from the top five finalists, the contests will now go straight to the top two and the pair will be named Miss World South Africa and Miss Universe South Africa.
To avoid clashes and squabbles, the organisers said only one of the two will be 2018’s reigning Miss South Africa after being asked a final question.The two winners are both eligible to partake in international pageants.
Speaking to The Southern Times, model, and beauty therapist, Rooper Leen, welcomed the development saying, it makes the contest more interesting.
“It is a good move, moving from the traditional way of doing things. It makes the contest more attractive and interesting. Doing the same thing over and over again will end up boring. It is a great advantage to have two beauties eligible to compete at global platforms. It improves our chances of winning. I am really supportive of the move,” said Leen.
Miss South Africa is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and the pageant has already announced its 12 finalists, who will compete for the desirable title on May 29, 2018.
Five of the contestants are from Gauteng province, while two are students at the University of Pretoria. The other participants are from Mpumalanga, Free State, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
Miss SA 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, did not disappoint as she went on to claim the Miss Universe crown.
Following Nel-Peters’s victory in the Miss Universe contests, Adè van Heerden was promoted from the first princess to Miss SA.
Established in 1956, the first official Miss South Africa pageant was organised to send a representative to London for the Miss World pageant.
That year Norma Vorster was crowned and the Miss SA pageant became an intrinsic part of South African patriotism and competitive spirit.
Two years later, an 18-year-old secretary from Durban, Penny Coelen, was crowned and later went on to make history and won the Miss World title.
This was just the beginning for the Miss South Africa organisation and the 60 women who have worn the crown with pride.
Since then, hundreds of young women have entered the pageant vying for the prestigious title.