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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe 2017 arrived in South Africa on Wednesday, January 24 2017. It’s the first time that she is home since winning the crown.

Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday morning to a frenzy of media and excited fans.

This is the first time that Demi-Leigh has returned home since clinching the prestigious Miss Universe crown two months ago.

Dressed in a elegant red jumpsuit, Demi-Leigh looked radiantly gorgeous. Hundreds of fans with posters cheered and clapped as our girl made her grand entrance.

Demi-Leigh stopped to greet and take pictures with excited fans. Speaking at the airport, Demi-Leigh became emotional as she thanked the public for coming out in their numbers.

“This is so overwhelming, seeing everyone out here. Thank you so much for your support. South Africa, I told you this is not a personal victory, it’s a victory for the whole country. I hope that this win will inspire every single young girl, every single young boy that has a dream to realise that nothing is unreachable.”

source: TimesLive & Miss South Africa Instagram

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Ntandoyenkosi Kunene miss sa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene Miss South Africa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.

She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”

The 2016 Miss South Africa pagaent took place at Carnival City on the East Rand tonight.

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The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.
Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.


sours: EWN , MISSSA , ANN7


Miss Basetsana Kumalo undergoing surgery

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Miss South Africa judge Basetsana Kumalo is undergoing surgery after breaking her ankle at her son’s school .

Basetsana Kumalo was attending her son’s school concert when she slipped in the rain.

Miss South Africa is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Carnival City but organisers have made the decision not to replace Kumalo on the judging panel at this late stage and her scores to date still stand.

“We wish Basetsana a speedy recovery and thank her for her invaluable input as both a former Miss South Africa herself and a respected businesswomen. She has already made an enormous contribution to this year’s pageant and we feel that she is irreplaceable at this late stage. We will miss her on the evening,” said Sun International PR Manager Claudia Henkel

The remaining judges are Kojo Baffoe, Sophie Ndaba, Casper Bosman and Pnina Fenster

source:  sowetanlive


Mrs World 2016 Candice Abrahams

Mrs South Africa 2016

 Candice Abrahams, has just added her name to a list of local celebrities making it big beyond this country’s borders.

Mrs  Candice Abrahams has been crowned Mrs World at the 27th Mrs World Pageant held today at Dongguan, in China.

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In a statement released today, the new Mrs World said, “What an honor to be able to bring the Mrs World crown home to South Africa. It has always been a dream of mine to win Mrs South Africa and to represent my country on the international stage; to be bringing home the title is just the cherry on top of my achievements over the last year.”

Mrs SA went up against 45 other married women from different countries and ended up on the top two with Mrs Poland just before she scooped the crown.

source:  EWN   News

Mrs World 2016 Candice Abrahams



Cindy Nell’s 10 Tips to Becoming a Model

Cindy Nell Miss South Africa 2002Cindy Nell’s tips for a successful modelling career. Former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell has published a handbook for aspiring beauty queens and models.

There are different ways to go about starting a modelling career and entering competitions. Below are 10 basic steps:

1. Do your homework: Research modelling agencies, top models, competitions and fashion weeks. Find out which agencies are where, who represents the top models and what kind of models each agency has on its books. The internet is powerful – use it.

Go to the South African Fashion Week and watch the shows to see how each model carries herself, the different expressions and ramp styles, how they show off garments, and what they look like.

2. Start small: Don’t expect to join a modelling agency and become famous overnight. Because of the limited success rate, you must have a career alternative. While you’re getting an education, you can start small with a local modelling agency or school that can help you do fashion shows, shoots, competitions or promotional work.

A little bit of local work will be good experience if you don’t live near a big agency, but if you seriously want to pursue modelling, you will eventually have to relocate to where the agencies are.

A fraction of models actually become overnight successes; the majority work their way up.

3. Practise: look at pictures of already successful and listed models on the internet and in magazines and campaigns.

Study their appearance – what they wear, their hairstyles, skin and height – know what you are up against. Know what will be expected of you. You can be different, but the essentials remain the same.

Have photographs taken that look like the pictures of the professionals, pose like them, have your hair and make-up styled in similar ways, use the right photographers and stylists, and go to the modelling schools that are run by successful models or have produced successful models.

Wear the right clothing – your clothes do not always have to be expensive, they can be simple. Save money by getting your look right the first time and not spending over and over again until you get it right. In front of the mirror, practise the pose and techniques that you see on television or in magazines.

4. Get involved: If you need more confidence or would feel more comfortable being taught, seek professional help. Go for lessons in ramp and photographic work, styling and grooming. All you need is a workshop or two.

Make sure you learn the same styles and techniques you see on television and in magazines, as there many modelling schools that teach girls all the wrong things, such as walking with funny, lifted knee movements or strange hand techniques that ruin your natural style completely.

Don’t stagnate: always move forward. If you have attended a finishing, modelling or grooming school for longer than a year, you have been there too long, unless you are there because you enjoy it. There are only a few things you can learn that will help you to become a good model, most of which you can teach yourself, but if you prefer to go to a school, make sure you go to a good one.

5. Groom yourself: You must not be anorexic, but (I won’t lie to you, writes Nell) you have to be thin and well groomed when you go to see agencies.

If you are not naturally all the things that a model should be, you can work at it, but you will be at a huge disadvantage, because it is a lifetime commitment and can be draining. You can beat genes, but you will have to work harder than those who are naturally beautiful and thin.

Look out for opportunities to get noticed – enter modelling competitions and attend open casting calls. Look out for dates and details on websites, in newspapers and in other media. There are a few big modelling competitions held in South Africa each year in which new talent is scouted.

Offer your services to designers or organisers who are arranging shows on their own. Perhaps do one or two shoots and shows for free to gain experience and see if they will book you in future, but be clear that you only want to work for free for the first time. You may get noticed.

6. Pictures: Take a few good pictures – these can be “happy snaps” or professional photographs, but local agencies require very basic pictures from first-time applicants. Take along one or two good head shots to show your face clearly, and one or two full body shots, with no obstructions, funny outfits or poses, to show your figure. Look at model z-cards on the agency’s website for references.

7. Get an agent: Send your pictures to an agency – most of them prefer pictures to be e-mailed to them, but others have open days. Call the agency and ask if you should send your pictures or if you can come in to see them. Try all agencies – some might like you, others may not.

Keep trying until you have a breakthrough, but try all the best agencies first. Once you are signed with an agent, you must discuss a way forward with them. They should send you for a test shoot for a portfolio and you should start attending casting immediately.

8. Be diligent and consistent: Attend as many castings as you can, work hard, and be well prepared and on time. Trust your agent to advise you on what kind of work to do.

9. Build on it: As with most things in life, the more you do, the more you will accomplish. The more money you make, the more you will keep earning. It’s a perpetuating cycle.

So start getting tear sheets and doing fashion shows or jobs, however small, and build up a CV and an attitude. (Attitude is not arrogance, but confidence – the right approach, an aura and energy that resonate when you walk into a casting.)

10. Stay focused: Keep your eyes open and your ears on the ground, stay in touch with the industry and maintain a good reputation. The modelling industry is very small, and the last thing you want is a bad reputation. I repeat: don’t do drugs, don’t be arrogant, don’t be late, don’t gossip and don’t work with other companies behind your agency’s back. Work hard, make contacts, move forward all the time and respect others in the industry.

If you can’t get an agent, do what you can on your own and try to get help from a smaller model-management institute or from your modelling teacher. Alternatively, sign up with a promotional company or a scout (South Africa has very few scouts who could really enhance your career, so be wary of them).

Getting an agency can be hard. Some successful models have just walked in and got signed up, but walking into an agency without an appointment can be risky, and you should always prepare yourself for rejection. Agencies are very busy and unless you blow them away within two minutes, you run the risk of them saying “no thank you”. And believe me they will.

Agencies see hundreds of girls who want to be models – you only get one chance.

Don’t let your mother call – call them yourself. They figure that if you cannot call them yourself, you are exhibiting low self-esteem and lack of experience. If you decide to e-mail, send some brief details with your pictures; state your age, height and clothing size, and hair, skin and eye colours.

Don’t give them a long, sad story.

Don’t expect to be accepted by the first, or even the 10th, agency. There are many agencies, and they all have very specific requirements. Be persistent, positive and polite.

Expect to work hard. Don’t for one second think that you are going to get accepted by an agency and then sit back and become rich and famous. You have to take the initiative, get involved, look after your body, help your agent, get out there and assist in getting work. Continue entering competitions and manage your own career.

Modelling criteria:

Contrary to popular belief, height is not the most important factor for a successful modelling career, but it is important. Other important criteria are: good skin, your measurements, a well-proportioned body, loose and natural-looking hair, and a body free of tattoos and piercings.

source: The Mercury / IOL


From the braai fork to the catwalk

Melinda Bam University of Pretoria student Miss South AfricaMelinda Bam loves The Blue Bulls. She admires Mamelodi Sundowns. She is a child of Pretoria – the Jacaranda City. Oh, and she thinks Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs’ midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is awesome.

Phew! She also has a soft spot for Moroka Swallows. Very strange for a down-to-earth Afrikaner meisie from Blue Bulls country. And she swears she’s just as slick with the braai fork as she is on the catwalk.

She loves to run, but admits she would stand no chance against SA 800m sensation Caster Semenya. Some people express surprise when they see her tall slim frame, because her surname is common among Xhosa people. She is Melinda Bam, 22. And she is not Xhosa.

Until last Sunday night, she was an unknown, simple girl who went to campus in flip-flops. But now she is Miss South Africa. And everyone wants a piece of her. All this becomes apparent when she breezes into the offices of Sun International in Sandton on a Thursday afternoon.

Staff walk over to shake hands and offer their congratulations. Some ask for pictures. Ag, she doesn’t mind. She obliges them with a smile. She offers polite words of appreciation too. She is a 1.7m bundle of elegance, brightness and sweetness, a down-to-earth soul who likes to laugh. And she can talk too.

Melinda Bam, Pretoria born Miss South Africa 2011But it’s not just hot air that comes out of this Pretorian’s mouth. Blonde moment! You can tell she’s familiar with the lecture hall. She’s just completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria.

She blushes with embarrassment when I note that beauty queens have become the butt of all sorts of jokes after some downright dumb answers offered by contestants in the pageants.

“I think stress contributes to it a lot,” she says, hastily adding: “Not that I think that is really an excuse because there are certain things you need to know if you want to be an ambassador for your country.”

She says she’s never had a blonde moment during a pageant, but says it happened a few times during exams! She learnt a bit of Mandarin during a stint of modelling in China. But during her stay there, she kept as far away from meat dishes as possible, just in case a frog or snake was whipped up for a meal.

She’s a dreamer too. One of her aims is to embark on a project that will see young people working closer with golden oldies to instil an ethos of hard work and perseverance.

“Not the Lotto mentality,” she says.

Everything in moderation. She has been a Christian for as long as she can remember and when she wants to get in touch with the one above, she joins her family and friends at the Christian Revival Church. She enjoys a glass of good red wine. But hey, not too much. “Everything in moderation,” she says. A bottle of whisky a week would be considered moderate, then?

She laughs. “If that’s your moderation…”

“I just drank lots of water,” she says when asked if perhaps she sought solace in a few tots before last week’s pageant at the Sun City Superbowl.

“I thought it was going to be absolutely nerve-racking but it was quite fine.”


She loves her oupa, Morris van Heerden, who lives in the Limpopo town of Modimolle.

“He’s one of my role models, an incredible man.

One of the best lessons he taught me was that you are not a product of your circumstances, but a product of choice,” she says admiringly of the old man she went to visit a day after her Sun City triumph.

Her next goal is to polish up on her Northern Sotho, which she took as a subject in primary school. And when she takes a break from the back-to-back interviews and public engagements, she likes nothing more than walking her two dogs in the park, and the activity she says helps her keep a healthy mind in a healthy body: running.

You go, girl!

source: City Press / Channel24


Lerato Mokoena and the Moment of truth for 11

Lerato Mokoena Miss Soweto Miss South Africa 2011 finalistSUNDAY will see the dreams of most of the 11 Miss SA contenders shattered, while one of them will be crowned the most beautiful woman in the country.

If the preliminaries are anything to go by Lerato Mokoena is poised to take the crown at the Sun City’s Superbowl.

The 22-year-old Vereeniging beauty is a veteran of pageants. She had previously won titles as second princess for Miss Bikini SA and Miss Soweto and holds the title of Miss Emfuleni 2010.

Mokoena is a photogenic lass with a body that is tailor made for a swimsuit. Her major asset is a beautiful face that manages to impress with minimal make-up.

She seems set to rock the judges with her cool demeanour, intelligence, grace and confidence.

During the preliminaries, Mokoena, who holds a BA in Tourism Development from the University of Johannesburg, stole the selected audience’s hearts with her poise, gracefulness and spontaneity.

Her bid for the crown has not been without difficulty, though. She has had to put up with insults from those who were mocking her for her hair loss problem.

Mokoena wears a wig because she suffers from alopecia areata, a condition that eats the hair away. Fortunately this has not affected her self-esteem.

Besides her beauty and obvious brains, Mokoena is also a philanthropist at heart.

During an interview with Sowetan, Mokoena said her major dream was to establish her own non-governmental organisation that will reach underprivileged communities in the country’s rural areas. Her focus will be on empowering the youth in these communities.

The media has seen Mokoena grow from an ordinary girl to the woman of today who could best represent the Miss SA office.

If all goes well on Sunday the 1,79m tall natural beauty could very well be crowned Miss SA.

source: Sowetan Live / Zenoyise Madikwa


M-Net Face of Africa – Facing Off

Oluchi Onweagba nigerian modelM-Net Face of Africa has been mired in controversy since its inception in 1998. Now, on the eve of its seventh leg, Ziphezinhle Msimango wonders whether there is a need for the competition at all.

It’s 1998, and 16-year-old Oluchi Onweagba is selling bread on the streets of Lagos to make ends meet. She has no idea that soon she will land a contract with Elite Model Management in New York, widely regarded as the world’s biggest modelling agency. That, in just five years, she is to grace the covers of magazines like Italian Vogue and Marie Claire, and sashay down the international catwalk in haute couture by Christian Dior and John Galliano. And that, Cinderella-like, she’d marry legendary Italian designer, Luca Orlandi, one day. But, in the same year that she finds herself plying the streets, a friend convinces her to audition for the first-ever M-Net Face of Africa modelling competition in Zimbabwe. Onweagba’s world changes forever.

Nombulelo Mazibuko model Face of Africa 2000

In 2000, 16-year-old Nombulelo Mazibuko, a schoolgirl from Khayelitsha, wins Face of Africa, lands a 150000 contract with the Elite agency, and goes off into New York’s sunset. But, barely two years later, she’s sent back to South Africa — the agency thinks she’s too fat. Mazibuko returns home and leaves the modelling world behind for an office job.

Botswana’s Kaone Kario, 20, who won the competition in 2005, says, “I flew in a plane for the first time because of Face of Africa. I think it does so much for this continent. But what you do with the exposure you get as the winner is up to you.”

It’s been two years since Kario won the competition.

She’s now based in Cape Town and almost all her modelling jobs are in South Africa.

“Personally, I’ve tried the international modelling scene and I don’t prefer it,” says Kario, who claims she battled racism at European castings. “It’s so tough when you arrive at a casting and people are shocked that you’re actually black.”

As part of Face of Africa 2008, 12 girls aged between 18 and 22 are in Dar es Salaam for the competition’s model bootcamp. It’s early November, and they are learning sundry modelling ‘how-tos’ — from working the ramp to the complexities of international income tax, which a model working overseas must master sooner rather than later.

Yet, as this effer- vescent gaggle of girls rehearse for their very first catwalk experi- ence at Swahili Fashion Week 2008 in Dar es Salaam, it seems most aren’t considering the unthinkable: This competition may not make their dreams come true.

“My friends encouraged me to enter and I listened to them,” says Tanzania’s Helen Ambrose, 19, in Swahili. She speaks through a translator — she doesn’t understand any English. Ambrose, who stopped her education at the end of primary school to find a job in Tanzania’s flourishing tourism industry, adds: “Winning would mean an education, and the opportunity for me to uplift other girls from my community.”

Three days later, her hopes are sunk when she’s voted out of the competition and the gold dust disappears in a poof. Another girl, also faced with the disappointment of being eliminated, steals money from the bags of her fellow contestants. She says she wanted to use it to pay for her brother’s school fees. The organisers may not be proud of this incident but, still, perhaps it provides an instructive insight into how the competition seems a magic bullet for only a few — rags to rags, if you will.

When the first Face of Africa competition was launched in 1998, it captivated girls across Africa. In it, for the first time, they saw the chance to show the world their wares; and a direct passage to international runways was at their fingertips. At this time, the only black high-fashion models were either born in the West, like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. Or, they were even rarer, like Alek Wek, who moved from her native Sudan to London in 1991, and was subsequently discovered at a fleamarket.

Regardless of the brouhaha around some winners vanishing into an abyss — in spite of the brave new world one might associate with the competition winner — Onweagba, who is at the bootcamp, counters: “Each Face of Africa winner has been unique in her own way, and each has had her own level of success.

read the entire article on the Sunday Times website.