Amy Kleinhans-Curd on living in SA with her husband. Image via Instagram @amykleinhansthebrand.

1st woman of colour to win Miss SA: What did Amy Kleinhans study?

More than just a pretty face – Amy Kleinhans Curd is quite the academic. Here’s a look at what she studied and more.


Amy Kleinhans-Curd on living in SA with her husband. Image via Instagram @amykleinhansthebrand.

The first woman of colour to win the Miss SA pageant back in 1992 was Real Housewives van die Wynlande (RHOWL) star Amy Kleinhans-Curd — she was crowned Miss SA while South Africa was still under the apartheid state and the beauty queen had quite the interest in politics.

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Amy Kleinhans-Curd is now one of the housewives on the Real Housewives van die Wynlande (RHOWL) based in the Winelands of the Western Cape. She has lived in Franschhoek for the last 10 years with her husband — New Zealand businessman Leighton Curd.

Amy has quite the academic background. She studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she obtained her Bachelor of Social Science degree and majored in African Political History.

She then went on to do a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE).

“I majored in African political history and I then finished off my BScoc degree. And then I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I, I lectured at Tuks and stuff like that. My parents are all teachers and the family is all teachers,” she said exclusively to The South African.

“And then my dad said to me, why don’t you just do an HDE? You love Children, you love teaching and education anyway. And it’s really so high on your priority list. And then let’s see how it goes and that’s what I did. I did a post graduate in education,” she continued.

Now, she is also a director of several companies, including the homework helpline for teachers, Dial-A-Teacher.

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  • Amy went on to compete at Miss World 1992 where she made the top five and was crowned Miss World Africa 1992.
  • She is a mom of four – Gugu (38), Phillipa (24), Thomas (22) and Georgia (16).
  • Amy and Leighton fostered Gugu from the age of nine.
  • She celebrates her 29th wedding anniversary with Curd this year according to You.
  • The former beauty queen is also a grandmother of two. Gugu is a mom to sons Kgosi and Thoriso, who she shares with husband Kgpolo Makgate.

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