Excitement is rising for the Miss SA 2021 finale, set to take place on Saturday 16 October at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town.
The crowned Miss SA will take over from the reigning queen - Venda beauty Shudufadzo Musida, and we’ve already met the Top 10 finalists who will be competing for the R4 million prize.
Now, Miss SA has just announced the stellar lineup of judges who will be reviewing the contestants.
The judging panel includes a variety of familiar Miss SA and Miss Universe faces as well as a few well-respected and influential personalities.
Miss Universe Andrea Meza will be joined by Miss Universe 2015, TV personality, model, and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, former Miss South Africa title holders Basetsana Kumalo (1994) and Tamaryn Green (2018), actress Shannon Esra (The Queen), vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town Mamokgethi Phakeng and radio and TV presenter Dineo Ranaka.
Andrea Meza is only the third Mexican woman to wear the Miss Universe crown.
“I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa – I want to try traditional food (and see if there are vegan variants of it) and hope to visit Robben Island! I am delighted to be on the Miss South Africa selection panel. I want to see the contestants’ personalities and their presence,” she says.
“I know that an international pageant such as Miss Universe looks for someone who is confident about herself and who is unafraid to break the mould. My advice to them is to live in the moment because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do what feels right for you, don’t change who you are because you want to fit in. Embrace your uniqueness!”
The top 10 vying for the crown are Bianca Bezuidenhout, Catherine Groenewald, Cheneil Hartzenberg, Jeanni Mulder, Kaylan Matthews, Kgothatso Dithebe, Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima, Tiffany Francis and Zimi Mabunzi.