Natasha Joubert Miss SA

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FAQ: Is Miss SA allowed to be married?

A frequently asked question regarding the Miss SA pageant is whether or not entrants are allowed to have boyfriends – or be married.

Natasha Joubert Miss SA

Natasha Joubert Image via Instagram @natasha_joubert

A frequently asked question regarding the Miss SA pageant is whether or not entrants are allowed to have boyfriends or partners.

As of 2022, while it is accepted that an applicant may be in a committed relationship or even engaged, entrants must adhere to the rule of not getting married during the Miss SA pre-competition process nor prior to competing internationally should they be crowned the winner.

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However, that rule has been changed and from the 2023 Miss SA pageant and going forward, mothers and married women will be allowed to compete.

Established in 1956, the first official Miss South Africa pageant was only open to white females and was organised to send a representative to London for the Miss World pageant.

It was not until 1977 that all persons of all races were allowed to compete in the Miss SA competition.

Miss South Africa (or a runner-up in some instances) has always competed at Miss World, but the first Miss South Africa to compete at Miss Universe was Kerishnie Naicker in 1998.

Prior to 1998, South Africa’s representatives at Miss Universe qualified via other national pageants.

Three Miss South Africas, namely Rolene Strauss, Anneline Kriel and Penelope Coelen, have won Miss World titles in 2014, 1974 and 1958 respectively.

Three women from South Africa have won the title of Miss Universe – Margaret Gardiner in 1978, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017 and Zozibini Tunzi in 2019.

EVERY MISS SA WINNER TO DATE

1956 – Norma Vorster

1957 – Adele Kruger

1958 – Penelope Coelen

1959 – Moya Meaker

1960 – Denise Muir

1961 – Yvonne Hulley

1962 – Yvonne Ficker

1963 – Louise Crous

1964 – Vedra Karamitas

1965 – Carol Davis

1966 – Johanna Carter

1967 – Disa Duivestein

1968 – Mitzianna Stander

1969 – Linda Collett

1970 – Jillian Jessup

1971 – Monica Fairall

1972 – Stephanie Reinecke

1973 – Shelley Latham

1974 – Anneline Kriel

1975 – Helga Vera Johns

1976 – Lynn Massyn

1977 – Vanessa Wannenburg

1978 – Yolanda Kloppers

1979 – Karen Sickel

1980 – Sandra McCrystal

1981 – Linda Phillips

1982 – Odette Scrooby

1983 – Leanne Hosking

1984 – Lorna Potgieter

1985 – Andrea Stelzer

1986 – Sandy McCormack

1987 – Wilma van der Bijl

1988 – Janine Botbyl

1989 – Michelle Bruce

1990 – Suzette van der Merwe

1991 – Diana Tilden-Davis

1992 – Amy Kleinhans

1993 – Jacqui Mofokeng

1994 -Basetsana Makgalemele

1995 – Bernalee Daniell

1996 – Peggy-Sue Khumalo

1997 – Kerishnie Naicker

1998 – Sonia Raciti

1999 – Heather Joy Hamilton

2000 – Jo-Ann Strauss

2001 – Vanessa Do Céu Carreira

2002 – Cindy Nell

2003 – Joan Ramagoshi

2004 – Claudia Henkel

2005 – Nokuthula “Thuli” Sithole

2006 – Megan Coleman

2007 – Tansey Coetzee

2008 – Tatum Keshwar

2009 – Nicole Flint

2010 – Bokang Montjane

2011 – Melinda Bam

2012 – Marilyn Ramos

2014 – Rolene Strauss

2015 – Liesl Laurie

2016 – Ntandoyenkosi Kunene

2017 – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

2018 – Tamaryn Green

2019 – Zozibini Tunzi

2020 – Shudufhadzo Musida

2021 – Lalela Mswane

2022 – Ndavi Nokeri

2023 – Natasha Joubert

2024 – ?