Natasha Joubert gears up for M

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Natasha Joubert gears up for Miss Universe, shares updates with her fans [photos]

Natasha Joubert is in the United States busy preparing for the Miss Universe pageant that will take place this Sunday 16 May.

Natasha Joubert gears up for M

Image: Natasha Joubert/Instagram

South Africa’s very own Natasha Joubert is said to be an early favourite when it comes to taking the Miss Universe crown at the pageant on Sunday.

Natasha Joubert a hot favourite for Miss Universe crown

After SA’s Zozibini Tunzi made history as the longest-reigning Miss Universe – due to the coronavirus pandemic – many are hoping for Joubert to make it a back-to-back win for South Africa.

According to The Citizen, a different strategy has been implemented this year for who would represent the country at the international pageant, choosing first runner-up Natasha Joubert, rather than Miss SA 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida. 

The decision looked like it might have paid off as it has been predicted that Joubert is the hot favourite. Miss SA organisation said in the statement this is according to social media polls predicting Joubert will take the title.

“I have big shoes to fill but Zozi and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters have inspired me and given me great advice. I will go out there and give it my all,” Joubert said.

Preparing for Miss Universe

Joubert has been sharing behind-the-scenes footage of her experience in the United States in preparation for the event.

She recently bumped into Zozi and said: “I’m forever in awe and humbled by this opportunity! Zozi, just seeing you felt like home!”


The Miss Universe pageant will take place in Florida in the US on 16 May (2:00 to 5:00 on 17 May SAST). The reigning Miss Universe, SA’s Zozi, will be in attendance to crown her successor while Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo will present the event.


Fans are looking forward to Joubert’s national costume which is usually a highlight of the event. Her national costume was designed by South African fashionista Gert-Johan Coetzee and unveiled earlier this year. She will also wear an evening gown by Jolandie Fouche of Jolache Couture — one of several Fouche has made for the event.

“I will be carrying the children of South Africa with me when I walk onto the international stage in my national costume, as the fabric wings of my unique gown have been printed with drawings made by young children from Diepsloot and Randburg,” she explained. “The artwork tells the story of pre-school children’s very personal experiences of lockdown and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted their young lives.”