“I really wasn’t expecting it, which is why I started crying when I was crowned…”
A radiant Lalela Mswane woke up this morning as Miss South Africa 2021 to a busy media schedule including a press conference with two of her fellow pageant contestants.
The 24-year-old who comes from KwaSokhulu in Richards Bay graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Pretoria. She is also a model and a dancer.
She appeared at a press conference with the pageant’s runners-up Moratwe Masima, a qualified doctor from Midrand in Gauteng, and BCom Law degree student Zimi Mabunzi from eQonce (King William’s Town) Eastern Cape.
Her first day was jam-packed with activities. The new Miss South Africa also did a photo shoot and appeared at an event for Brand SA.
“I really wasn’t expecting it, which is why I started crying when I was crowned. I was so shocked because I was already so fulfilled and blessed to have made top three. So, for me, taking the title is genuinely just the cherry on top,” Mswane says.
“My role now is to encourage, to inspire, to give hope and to continue to work and build onto the legacies of Miss South Africa’s past. I intend to live by every word I have expressed and to serve, lead and represent our beautiful nation to the best of my abilities,” she concluded.
All the Miss South Africa Top 3 will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants.
Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational. It will only be revealed at a later date which contestant will go to which pageant.