The organisers of Miss South Africa have gone back to the drawing board and re-evaluated the whole thing. And it’s evident from the top 16 contestants selected yo take part in the finale next month.
At the Miss SA top 16 announcement held in Randburg on Thursday morning Stephanie Weil, CEO of Miss SA, said that this year was all about redefining beauty by encouraging contestants to be themselves and embrace their natural beauty.
As part of their campaign of celebrating healthy bodies and healthy minds, the top 16 consists of a queer woman, women with natural hair, those not necessarily size 4, and those with multiple skin tones.
The Miss SA top 16 finalists are:
Lisa Stoffela; 26; Margate, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Beulah Baduza; 23; Hatfield, Pretoria.
Nompumelelo Maduna; 24; Rockville, Soweto.
Danielle Wallace; 26; Umhlanga, Durban.
Errin Brits; 22; Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg.
Chuma Matsaluka; 21; Nyanga, Western Cape.
Kgothatso Dithebe; 24; Centurion.
Loren Leigh Jenneker; 24; Centurion.
Noluthando Bennett; 24; Kagiso, Krugersdorp.
Zanele Phakathi; 20; Soweto.
Keabetswe Kanyane; 25; Montana, Pretoria.
Zozibini Tunzi; 25; Tsolo, Eastern Cape.
Sasha-Lee Olivier; 26; Alberton.
Eloïse van der Westhuizen; 24; Panorama, Cape Town.
This year’s pageant will also two new awards for women who are making a difference in their communities. One award will be for the Mother of The Nation and the other one will go to a Future Leader, who the public will nominate.
The Miss SA 2019 finale takes place on Women’s Day, August 9 at Times Square in Pretoria.