By Jolandi Mickel
This week on Glambition, Jo-Anne chats to beauty queens and previous Miss South Africa winners.
Here are a few interesting facts about the history of Miss SA.
- Mavis Alexander was the first ever to be crowned Miss South Africa in 1925. This wasn’t an official Miss SA title but merely a nationwide search for the country’s most beautiful woman.
- The Miss South Africa contest was first held in 1956. At that stage the newspaper Die Landstem attained the rights to enter someone in the Miss World pageant in London. Women could send their pictures in and readers would then vote for their favourite one. There was no crowning ceremony at that stage.
- The competition was first called Miss RSA and would only change later.
- Die Landstem closed down in 1968. The Sunday Times took the contest over and brought in another Afrikaans newspaper, Dagbreek.
- Since 1970, regional pageants were held. The winners of the different regions then appeared in front of celebrity judges in Johannesburg where the final winner was announced at a cocktail party.
- In 1970 the Afrikaans newspapers Dagbreek and Beeld merged into one paper, Rapport and became the Sunday Time’s media partner for Miss RSA.
- The first time the Miss South Africa contest became a pageant was in 1972 and Stephanie Reinecke was crowned as winner.
- 1978 was the first time that the pageant was opened up to all races.
- After a row with the Sunday Times, Rapport created their own competition in 1982 and called it Miss South Africa.
- In 1985 the papers realised that the rivalry was pointless and pulled together again to form one competition, called Miss South Africa, as we know it today.
- The first black South African to win Miss South Africa was Jacqui Mofokeng in 1993.
- The next year, Sun International went into partnership with the two newspapers and since 2000 they have been the sole owners of the pageant.
- In 1998 Kerishnie Naicker was the first Miss SA that competed at Miss Universe.
The current crown holder of Miss SA is Marilyn Ramos, see her tonight on Glambition with Jo-Anne Strauss at 8:30PM.