Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, 26, is the new Miss South Africa 2019. She
assumes the mantle from title holder, Zozibini Tunzi, who was crowned
Miss Universe in December 2019.
Sasha-Lee said she was thrilled to wear the Miss South Africa crown.
“I am so happy for Zozi who deserves, in every way, to wear the Miss
Universe sash. I wish her every success. I step into big shoes. I just
want Zozi to know that I will do my best to fill them.”
Speaking from New York, Zozi said she was delighted that Sasha-Lee would
be taking over from her. “I cannot think of anyone who is more suitable
to be Miss South Africa. Sasha has it all: beauty, brains and, above
all, a commitment to help others. I have no doubt that she will use her
reign to help improve the lot of those in need.”
Miss South Africa Organisation CEO, Stephanie Weil said Sasha-Lee would,
going forward, assume all Miss South Africa duties, as well as
fulfilling her obligations to the sponsors.
“We are happy to announce Sasha as the new Miss South Africa because she
is fully committed and ready to begin her reign.”
Nthabiseng Phoshoko, Commercial Director at Miss SA sponsor, LFP (SA’s
leading provider of BEE aligned skills development training solutions)
said: “We cannot be more proud to support Sasha-Lee as she is crowned
Miss South Africa. We are honoured to be able to support her important,
extremely necessary, campaign.”
Gareth Flusk, events and entertainment manager at Sun International,
said: “Sasha steps very comfortably into the Miss SA role. Her
inspirational campaign will bring relief to many who need it, something
that we are more than pleased to a part of.”
“Taking over the Miss South Africa title means that I am able to
continue working to help women who, like me, have been sexually abused.
It will be a top priority for me during my time as Miss South Africa”,
She intends to continue to devote her time to The Beauty with a Purpose
campaign that she took to the Miss World pageant in December 2019.
Sasha-Lee’s #itsnotyourfault campaign is aimed at making sure that
people who, like her, have endured sexual assault, know that they are
not to blame for their abuse.