IF there’s one thing any lady should not do, is to cry or shed a tear with a make-up on, asseblief tog.
That’s uncool seriaasly…
Tears streaming down the chicks were the order of the day at the announcement of the 2017 Miss SA top 12 finalists. And families were on hand for solace and pep up talks. Shem.
Ask former Bafana and Kaize Chiefs skipper Neil Tovey and family, whose excruciatingly gorgeous daughter missed the cut.
Despite the disappointments, the ladies exuded intelligent and beauty. And this comes with a heavy price tag of over R1m worth goods and cash, making it one of the richest beauty pageants in the world.
Returning to its glorious home Sun City Complex that went under the knife to a tune of R800m, the 12 top or lucky pageants will strut their stuff in front of thousands of well-wishers at the grand finale in March 26 2017.
Celebrating its 75th edition, the Miss SA pageant in its history, sees eight entrants from Gauteng Province.
Here are the finalists:
Adè van Heerden – Herold’s Bay, Western Cape
Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Sedgefield, Western Cape
Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng
Kayla Malherbe – Mtunzini, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Nicole van Niekerk – Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng
Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng
Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng
Priyeshka Lutchman – Yellowwood Park, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng
Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng
Sun International chief operating officer Rob Collins says the fact that the price tag has been elevated shows the stature and prestige the pageant has grown for years’, he said on the sidelines.
Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive for Cell C says: “The Miss South Africa pageant provides a prestigious and respected platform for these dynamic, talented young women to discover their strengths, boost their confidence and propel their lives forward.
It provides life changing experiences for all the participants and, for the winner, an opportunity to inspire and make a real difference.”
The public voting opens on midnight on February 2. The public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent weighting of the overall voting towards the winner, with 75 percent resting with the official judges.
Voting is done via SMS.
The public can SMS the number of their favourite Top 12 finalist to the short code number 45791.Each SMS will cost R1.50.
The 2017 Miss SA winner automatically becomes the spokesperson for the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative.
It will be simulcast live on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) and M-Net (Channel 101).