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Simon Rademan, SA fashion
designer and stylist, have had the privilege and pleasure of
dressing and styling many contestants for beauty competitions.
He has been an esteemed judge at many prestigious competitions
throughout South Africa. Reflecting on this, Mr Rademan
has once again, identified the Miss SA pageant as highly
acclaimed, both nationally and internationally.
"I am proud
of my association with a sought after title that is proudly
(Mr Rademan’s history with this
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a beauty competition? The
most prestigious in South Africa
The biggest competitions in the world
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What is a “beauty competition”?
A beauty contest,
or beauty pageant, is a competition based mainly, though
not always entirely, on the physical beauty of its contestants,
and often incorporating personality, talent demonstration, and
question responses as judged criteria. Almost invariably,
competitions for men and women are separate events, and those
for men are not referred to as beauty contests. Beauty
contests for women are more common, and winners are called
beauty queens. Beauty contests for men, like Mr. Universe,
are more likely to be "body building" contests—quite unlike the
traditional "beauty contest" in which women are judged upon many
attributes both physical and otherwise. However, in the 1990s,
male "beauty contests" began to shift focus. Instead of only
considering muscle mass, the competitions began to judge the
natural physical attributes of the contestants as well as their
physiques. These include Mr. World and Manhunt International.
There are also beauty
contests for children. These events are often controversial,
particularly when children are dressed provocatively and
described in adult terms. Long and tiring rehearsals of singing
and dancing to loud music are said to harm the health and
development of the children-participants.
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Miss SA pageant
Miss World pageant
Miss Universe pageant
Miss Earth pageant
Duties of the winner
This highly prestigious competition is owned
by Sun International. - We are recognized as a successful
leisure group offering superior gaming, hotel and entertainment
experiences, which exceed our customers’ expectations. We have
created an environment in which all employees are well trained.,
motivated and take pride in working for the group. Innovation,
fun and an obsession with service excellence and efficiency has
made Sun International a formidable competitor as we continue to
provide our shareholders with superior returns. We will at all
times remain mindful of our responsibility towards all of our
stakeholders including the communities we serve. From www.misssa.co.za
Duties of a Miss SA
Tatum Keshwar was the winner of this
sought after title for 2008, and Me Nicole
Filnt for 2009, and although not dressed by the
design house of Mr Rademan, some other former Miss SA’s were.
During Miss South Africa’s reign she will represent South Africa
at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. There will be
promotional work and celebrity appearances, she will travel
locally and abroad, she will meet dignitaries, celebrities, the
privileged, the underprivileged, the sick and the needy. That's
the expectation today, and it's been growing steadily since
Norma Vorster was crowned Miss SA in 1956.
History of the Miss South Africa
The Miss South Africa Pageant has come a
long way since 1956 and not without controversy, incident and
drama. Originally, it was open only to white women, an exclusion
that only ended in 1978. This partiality resulted in South
Africa being banned from international pageants because of
apartheid between 1978 and 1990. Amy Kleinhans was the first
coloured woman to win the Miss South Africa crown in 1992,
Jacqui Mofokeng was the first black woman to win in 1993 and
Kerishnie Naiker was the first Indian woman to wear the crown in
Before the 1950s, most major pageants were
organised by magazines and newspapers and for many years by the
Wool Board but none of them were officially recognised as Miss
South Africa pageants. The 50's saw the birth of two famous
international competitions - Miss World and Miss Universe and
South African beauties began to compete internationally.
Penny Coelen entered Miss South Africa in
1957 and only placed 5th in the competition. She re-entered in
1958 and was crowned Miss South Africa. She followed this
triumph with a global victory when she walked away with the Miss
World Title in 1958. Penny was South Africa’s first Miss World
and today she is still recognised as one of South Africa’s most
In 1974, Anneline Kriel was crowned Miss
South Africa and she too went on to become Miss World although
not as a direct result of winning. Anneline finished second in
the contest to UK'S Helen Morgan, who resigned her title after
only four days due to uproar over her status as an unmarried
mother and being named as the other woman in a divorce case.
Anneline's angelic blonde looks and high moral standards
captured world attention. She too is one of the most well
remembered and idolised Miss South Africa’s. She went on to
marry Sol Kerzner and Peter Bacon, both former CEO’s of Sun
International, who ironically now are the license holders of the
Miss South Africa Pageant.
In 1975, Miss SA winner, Vera Johns was
declared ineligible to compete in the Miss World competition due
to residency requirements, as she was a former Miss Rhodesia.
1st Princess, Crystal Cooper refused to compete at Miss World
unless she was awarded the Miss South Africa title and prizes,
so second runner-up Rhoda Rademeyer competed at Miss World 1975
and only placed among the 15 semi-finalists.
Yolanda Kloppers was crowned Miss SA in 1978
but it was a Cape Town beauty, Margaret Gardiner who managed
through other channels to gain entrance to the Miss Universe
pageant in Mexico City. Margaret went on to win the coveted
title and today she is the only South African to have won that
title despite a strong contender in Cindy Nell, Miss SA 2003,
who was 1st runner up.
Miss SA 1985, Andrea Stelzer used her German
ancestry to gain access to the Miss World Pageant. In 1989, she
won the Miss Germany title but unfortunately did not place in
the Miss World pageant.
Janine Botbyl was crowned Miss SA in 1988
and she desperately wanted to hand over the beauty mantle to her
half sister Diana Tilden Davis the following year but Diana was
defeated by Michelle Bruce as Janine had been defeated by Wilma
van der Bijl in 1987. Diana did go on to become Miss South
Africa in 1991, and after South Africa’s 13-year absence Diana
represented South Africa at the Miss World pageant where she
Diana came from an experienced line of
beauty queens. Her grandmother Thelma Fairlie was the 1938
winner of the Sunday Express Newspaper ‘Marlene Dietrich
look-a-like national contest’ and Leanne Botbyl, her other half
sister was a Miss SA finalist in 1982.
Two other sisters who also entered the Miss
South Africa pageant and won titles were Odette Scrooby ( Miss
SA 1982) and her younger sister, Olivia Scrooby (1st Princess
Jacqui Mofokeng’s win in 1993 heralded a new
birthright for the Miss SA pageant and Nelson Mandela called her
an important South African symbol and said that "any victory for
one Black South African was a victory for all of us.” From that
moment on, the playing field was level and young women entered
the pageant knowing that looks were not enough. In 1994, the
year of South Africa’s new democracy, Basetsane Makgalemele was
crowned Miss SA and in 2000, the millennium title went to Jo-Ann
Strauss. 2000 Also marked a turning point in the
license-ownership. Formerly two-thirds partners with media
personality Doreen Morris, Sun International announced its full
ownership of Miss South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Historically, the Miss SA pageant was owned
and run by the Sunday Times and Rapport newspapers and was later
bought by Doreen Morris. Doreen acquired the pageant at a
difficult time in South Africa's history and her tireless
efforts resulted in the winners of Miss South Africa becoming
proud, and globally accepted representatives of South Africa.
Another historical figure in the production
of the Miss SA pageant was the former William C. Faure. Faure
directed the Miss South Africa and Miss World contests in the
1990’s and was a major contributor to establishing the Miss SA
pageant as a world class production. Prior to directing the Miss
SA Pageant, Faure gained international recognition for the
television mini-series "Shaka Zulu a 1985 drama made in South
Africa about the 19th-century Zulu warrior king. It became one
of the most popular mini-series on syndicated television in the
United States when it was shown in 1987.
Another veteran producer of the Miss South
Africa pageant was Ken Kirsten who in total produced 10 Miss SA
pageants. Kirsten is revered for his work in the arena of live
special events, covering some of the most high profile events in
South African television history. From Miss South Africa and
Miss Universe, to Rugby World Cup (1996), the re-launch of the
SABC, Africa Cup of Nations (1997) and more recently, the Victor
Awards and Miss Teen South Africa pageants.
Tragically both Faure and Kirsten died
whilst in their prime. Kirsten was shot at his Northcliff home
in April 2006 and Faure died of Kidney failure in 1994 at the
youthful age of 45.
The Miss SA Pageant was also directed and
produced by Mark West and Anne Williams from 1991 to1996 and
then again in 2000 and 2001. Anne and Mark also joined forces
for the prestigious Miss World Pageants from 1991to1997. Mark
West has also recently been contracted to produce Miss World
2007 and the very first Mr World in China that year. So, it is
with tremendous, experience, knowledge and skill that they
harness their talents to produce the 2006 - 2009 Miss South Africa and
Miss SA Teen.
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www.misssa.co.za dd 18.12.07
Miss South Africa for 2014 is...
at 21, a medical student at the University of the Free State
says “South Africa” I get goose bumps. I have this fire of
passion burning inside of me for our country."
"What is 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." "What is 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."
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Miss SA for 2012/13 was...(The
longest running Miss SA as in 2013, the competition was
postponed for 4 months)
Ramos - a
21 year old
South Africa, she intends to approach and build relationships
between the elderly and the youth.
"I feel that the youth has a
lot to learn from the elderly and contrariwise the seniors
deserve the affection, compassion and respect of the youth. I
intend to encourage young people to volunteer at old aged homes.
I will achieve this by hosting workshops, motivational speeches
and charity events. I will encourage the youth to visit
retirement homes and hospice centers across the country."
- from www.misssa.co.za
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Miss SA for 2011 was...
Melinda is a 23 year old ambitious and well-liked young lady
currently living in Pretoria, the Jacaranda City. She is
studying BCOM in Marketing at the University of Pretoria.
Melinda matriculated in 2007 and continues to be a student who
is hard-working, well-mannered and friendly. She believes she
has the motivation, ambition and confidence to become an
inspiring ambassador to South Africa and the youth of South
This 1.7m tall
vibrant young woman has held titles for Miss Tropika, Me
Waterkloof and Candy Girl pageants. Melinda has deep brown eyes
and sun-kissed blonde hair which add to her fresh and
approachable looks. (from www.misssa.co.za)
Poled by many to be the winner, she placed top 10 at
the Miss Universe
The results for Miss SA at Miss Universe
USA - Olivia Culpo
Philippines - Janine Tugonon
Venezuela - Irene Esser
Australia - Renae Ayris
Brazil - Gabriela Markus
Russia - Elizabeth Golovanova
France - Marie Payet
Hungary - Agnes Konkoly
South Africa - Melinda Bam
Mexico - Karina González
Turkey - Çağıl Özge Özkul
Peru - Nicole Faverón
Poland - Marcelina Zawadzka
Croatia - Elizabeta Burg
Kosovo - Diana Avdiu
India - Shilpa Singh
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Miss SA for 2010 was...
Me Bokang Montjane
Miss SA Teen for 2010 was...
Miss SA 2009, Me Nicole Flint,
(amoungst top 10 at Miss Universe 2010).
Nicole, 21, is a Public Relations Coordinator for Just Plain
Media and performs on air duties as "The Young Apprentice" on
Jacaranda 94.2's Breakfast Show. Many people have had an
influential impact on her life, but she singled out her
grandmother as the most inspirational because she always fought
for unconditional rights for all people. Her greatest
accomplishment to date has been to get the award for top Radio
and TV student at Damelin, helping her to enter commercial radio
and map out an opportunity for realising her dreams. More
Miss SA website
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Miss SA Teen for 2009: Me Chante Jantjies
(also crowned Miss Teenager Universe 2010, on 18 October 2010 in
16 years old and attends Lyttleton Manor High School, in
Centurion. She has received full national colours for both
public speaking and redenaars.
She excels in Economics, Life
Orientation and Business and was selected as a presenter for one
of the local children’s television channels. She is also only
one of two pupils selected to represent her school at the ATKV
Jeug Beraad (June 2009). She won the Best Director and Best
Actress awards in her House Plays Chante’ wants to study a
degree in business and pursue a career in marketing,
communication and advertising. Her aim is to create employment,
contribute to her community and the economy of her country.
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Miss SA 2008, Me
She went on to become
2nd princess in the Miss World pageant held in Johannesburg, South
Africa on 13 December 2009.
Tatum is 24 and has a Psychology
Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Tatum lives
with her family in Durban and she loves spending time in
Florida Road, Morningside because there are so many great
places to eat, catch up with friends and enjoy the sunshine.
Her hobbies and
interests include yoga, modelling, reading, going to the gym
and the most outrageous thing she's ever done is parasailing
Tatum won the
title; Model of the Year in 2005 and believes she has the
values and qualities needed to become Miss South Africa
2008. She admires Joanne Strauss most of all the former Miss
South Africa's for her inspiring and ongoing success after
having won the title of Miss South Africa. from the Miss SA website
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The Miss World pageant:
The Miss World pageant
is an international beauty pageant created in the United Kingdom
by Eric Morley in 1951. Currently, Morley's wife, Julia Morley,
co-chairs the pageant. Miss World is the
oldest, most widely attended and broadcasted international
beauty pageant, with over fifty delegates from Asia and some
parts of Europe. Miss World – The Final is the world's largest
live annual television event with global viewers topping two
billion in more than 200 countries. The winner spends a
year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization
and its various causes. Traditionally, Miss World lives in
London during her reign. The current Miss World is Zhang Zilin
from PR of China.
Miss World started as
the Festival Bikini Contest, in honor of the recently
introduced swim wear of the time, but was called Miss World
by the press. It was originally planned as a one-off event. Upon
learning about the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, Morley
decided to make the pageant an annual event. Opposition to the
wearing of bikinis led to their replacement with more modest
swim wear after the first contest. In 1959, the BBC started
broadcasting the competition. The pageant's popularity grew with
the advent of television. By the 1990s, the pageant was reaching
two billion viewers from almost every country in the world.
In the 1980s, the
pageant repositioned itself with the slogan Beauty With a
Purpose, with added tests of intelligence and personality.
However, the competition has been seen as old-fashioned and
rather politically incorrect in its native Britain. Despite the
global appeal, the show was not broadcast on any major
terrestrial British TV network for several years, until Channel
5 aired it in 1998.
21st century -
Eric Morley died as the pageant entered the new century. His
wife, Julia, succeeded as chairwoman of the Miss World
The century saw its
first black African winner,
in 2001. As part of its marketing strategy,
Miss World came up with a "You Decide" television special during
that edition, featuring the delegates behind the scenes and on
the beach, and allowing viewers to either phone in or vote
online for their favorites. It also sells its Talent, "Beach
Beauty" and Sports events as television specials to
In 2002 the
competition was slated for choosing Abuja, the capital city of
Nigeria to host its final. This choice was controversial, as a
northern Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, was awaiting death by
stoning for adultery under Sharia law there, but Miss World
chose to use the publicity surrounding its presence to bring
greater global awareness and action to Amina's plight.
The Miss Universe pageant:
is an annual international female beauty contest run by the Miss
Universe Organization. The contest was
founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills.
The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western
Industries, before being acquired by Donald J Trump in 1996.
He sold the organization that includes the Miss Ujiverse, Miss
USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants to entertainment company WME-IMG
in September 2015..
The Miss Universe
Organization, used to be a New York-based partnership between NBC and
Donald Trump, and has run the contest since June 20, 2002. Their president
was Paula Shugart. The Organization sold
television rights to the pageant in other countries, and also
produced the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contests with the winner
of Miss USA representing the USA in Miss Universe. Alongside with its
rival Miss World and Miss Earth contests, this pageant is one of
the most publicized beauty contests in the world.
The winner of the
"Miss America 1951" pageant, Yolande Betbeze, refused to pose in
a swimsuit from its major sponsor, Catalina swimwear. As a
result, the brand's manufacturer Pacific Mills withdrew from
Miss America and set up the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests.
The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach,
California in 1952. It was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland, who
gave up her title to get married to a Filipino tycoon, Virgilio
Hilario, shortly before her year was complete. Until 1958 the
Miss Universe title (like Miss America) was post-dated, so at
the time Ms. Kuusela's title was Miss Universe 1953.
The pageant was first
televised in 1955. CBS began nationally broadcasting the
combined Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1960 and,
separately, from 1965. In 2003 NBC took over the television
rights. The main pageant was
held consecutively in the continental US from 1952 to 1971.
Since then, the pageant has been held in locales around the
In the early years of
the pageant, the ladies who made the cut were announced after
the preliminary competition. From 1965 to the present day, the
semi-finalists were not announced until the night of the main
event. The semi-finalists once again competed in evening gown
and swimsuit and a top 5 were announced. An interview portion
was introduced in 1960 to decide the runners-up and winner. From 1959 to 1964,
there were slight format changes. In 1959 through 1963, there
was no cut to 5 finalists; the runners-up and winners were
called from the assembled 15 semi-finalists. In 1964, the top 15
became a top 10, and after a round of interview, the winner and
runners-up were called from the 10 finalists.
In 1965, the pageant
returned to the original format of a cut to 5 finalists, and
remained so until 1989. In 1969, a final
question was posed to the last five contestants. The final
question was an on-and-off feature of the pageant. In 1990, it
had taken root and every pageant since, the final contestants
have to answer a final question.
In 1990, the pageant
implemented major format changes in the competition itself.
Instead of five finalists, the field was reduced from 10
semi-finalists to 6. Each contestant then randomly select a
judge and answer the question posed by the judge. After that,
the field is narrowed down further to a final 3. In 1998, the
number of finalists was reduced to 5, although there still was a
cut to a final 3. This continued to 2001, where the final 5
format was re-instated.
In 2000, the
interview portion of the semi-finals was quietly dropped and the
contestants once again, as in the early days of the pageant,
competed only in swimsuit and gowns. In 2006, twenty
semi-finalists were announced, with these delegates competing in
the swimsuit competition. The number of competing delegates was
then cut to ten, with those delegates competing in the evening
gown competition. After that round of competition, the final
five was announced, with the finalists competing in the "final
question" or interview round. At the end of competition the
runners-up were announced and the winner crowned by the outgoing
In 2007 the format
changed slightly with the top 15 moving to the swimsuit
competition; from there, 10 selected contestants moved on to the
evening gown competition where half were eliminated. The final
five answered the final question to decide the ultimate winner. . read more
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The Miss Earth
pageant is an annual female spectacle event geared in promoting
environmental awareness and currently one of the top three
international beauty pageants in the world founded in 2001 by
Carousel Productions, Inc. of the Philippines. The South
African leg of this competition is owned by Me Catherine
Constantinides. Together with its competitors, Miss
Universe and Miss World contests, the pageant is one of the most
publicised beauty contests in the world.
After establishing a
track record in mounting world-class beauty pageants over the
last decade, Carousel Productions Inc. decided to reinvent and
improve the concept of beauty competitions for the new
millennium. Because many people admire and aspire to be a beauty
queen, Carousel Productions, Inc. believed beauty queens would
be a good and effective advocate of worthy causes. To give life
to this vision, Carousel organized and launched in 2001 the MISS
EARTH® Beauty Pageant, a beauty event whose raison d’etre was to
have its candidates and winners actively promote and get
involved in the preservation of the environment and the
protection of Mother Earth. Thereafter, the Miss Earth pageant
Earth was created after Carousel Productions lost the rights to
continue producing the Miss Asia-Pacific pageant. In the five
years since its conception it has become one of the three
largest beauty pageants in the world (The other two are Miss
Universe and Miss World). Since the Miss Earth
pageant has an environmental cause, it is primarily looking for
young women who will stand for the protection and preservation
of the planet. These women are pageant winners or chosen by
national Miss Earth directors from different nations.
On national level
competitions, the Miss Earth's cause is carried out to assure
that each of the participating candidates are not just
physically beautiful, but environmentally knowledgeable. As soon
as the national winners are chosen, they will be subject to
evaluation by Carousel Productions. During the pre-finals
weeks, the candidates are evaluated on each activity and event
they have. Preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions
also take place, and a panel interview where the candidates
speak of their environmental platform and personal thoughts.
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