After SA’s Zozibini Tunzi made history as the longest-reigning Miss Universe – due to the coronavirus pandemic – organisers are set to finally welcome the contestants of Miss Universe this May. One of these includes South Africa’s very own Natasha Joubert who is leaving for the states on 3 May 2021.
According to TimesLive, the BCom graduate launched Natalia Jefferys, the Pretoria-based fashion label she runs with her mother, in 2016, which specialises in couture for matric farewells and weddings. In an Instagram post, Natasha, who designed her own outfit for the event, said that she is very excited:
“ALL the feels…I’m leaving on the 3rd of May! I can’t contain my excitement! Thank you to every single person for supporting me & sharing so much love. South Africa, here we go.”
Meanwhile, the Miss South Africa organisation also took to Instagram to say that they are ready to send Natasha off to the Miss Universe competition.
“It’s been six months of preparation and a lifetime of moulding. We are now getting ready to send Natasha off to represent South Africa on a global stage! Comment down below to show your love to Natasha as she starts packing for Miss Universe.”
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 Zozibini Tunzi, will be in attendance to crown her successor.
Another aspect fans are looking forward to is Natasha’s national costume which is usually a highlight of the event. Natasha’s 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,” Natasha 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.”