To put that into comparison; previous Miss SA years have seen around 300/400 entries so 2019's edition has not only broken the record for "most number of entries" but has literally tripled the tally. Talk about raising the bar!
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With entries closing tomorrow all eyes are on the road to this year's finale where 16 of Mzansi's most gifted ladies will be competing for the opportunity to make their dream come true: to wear the crown, the sash and of course the title of being this year's Miss South Africa.
One former Miss SA, uNtando Kunene (Mthethwa!) recently revealed just how much goes into a Miss South Africa campaign. She said:
"Laying down your truth in front of millions of people isn’t easy. Being the queen gives you the confidence to publicly embrace who you are, flaws and all.
Just like in 1956 when more than 20 000 women staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act, it’s a powerful celebration of women from different races and backgrounds coming together."
This year's Miss SA has been compared with this year's Mr SA, the latter of which made all the wrong headlines this year highlighting the different standards to which we hold men vs those we put women against. However, we have it on good authority that Miss SA 2019 is going to show exactly why, as Beyonce once said, Girls run the World!
This year has been dominated with news about Cell C deciding to pull out as Miss SA's headline sponsor which ended up delaying the entry process for this year's pageant. However, local agents of transformation, LFP took the helm as this year's sponsor and from what ZAlebs understands, they have every intention of putting together an even bigger show than ever before!
Keep up with our coverage of Miss SA 2019 on ZAlebs.com over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime let us know, who has been your favourite Miss SA from down the years? Check out some of the most recent winners