Lalela Mswane. Image via Instagram @lalela_mswane

Lalela Mswane. Image via Instagram @lalela_mswane

Lalela Mswane: What you should know about the SA model

Explore the captivating journey of Lalela Mswane, a South African model, beauty pageant titleholder, and law graduate.

Lalela Mswane. Image via Instagram @lalela_mswane

Lalela Mswane. Image via Instagram @lalela_mswane

Lalela Mswane, a distinguished South African model, ballerina dancer, and beauty pageant titleholder, emerged into the limelight with her triumph at the Miss South Africa 2021 pageant. The photo captures the moment of her victory, symbolizing the culmination of hard work, grace, and beauty that set her apart in the competition. Lalela’s standout performance continued as she secured the esteemed position of 2nd runner-up at the Miss Universe 2021 pageant. Showcasing not only her physical elegance but also her ability to shine on the global stage.

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Beyond her pageant successes, Lalela is recognized for her talents as a model and ballerina dancer, contributing to her multifaceted and inspiring persona. Her journey unfolds as a testament to her unwavering spirit, dedication to personal growth, and commitment to excellence in the realms of beauty and artistry. The poised and articulate responses she provided during the final Q&A session at Miss SA 2021 not only contributed to her victory but also revealed her vision for leadership that prioritizes self-awareness, accountability, critical thinking, innovation, and action, underscoring her commitment to the development of every individual in South Africa, making her an influential figure poised to inspire positive change on both national and global stages.


Full Name Lalela Mswane
Date of birth 27 March 1997
Place of birth KwaSokhulu near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Age (At the time of publishing) 26 Years
Zodiac sign Aries
Nationality South African
Height 5 Feet 7.5 Inches
Hair colour Dark Brown
Eye colour Brown
Sexual orientation Straight
Relationship status Single
Occupation Model, beauty pageant, ballet dancer
Social media accounts Instagram, X


Lalela Mswane’s roots trace back to her Eswatini-born father, Muntu Mswane, a former diplomat and minister who sadly passed away in 2010. Her mother, Hleliselwe, played a pivotal role as an accounts clerk and housewife. As the third child in a family of three, Lalela shared her upbringing with an older brother and sister, fostering familial bonds. Her formative years laid the foundation for a journey marked by both personal and academic accomplishments.

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Having completed her secondary education at Pro Arte Alphen Park in 2015, Lalela embarked on an academic pursuit at the University of Pretoria. There, she dedicated herself to her studies and successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree. As per, this academic achievement reflected her commitment to education and set the stage for her subsequent endeavours as a model and beauty pageant titleholder. Where she would go on to make her mark on national and international platforms.


Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 and commenced her journey in pageantry in 2015. Originating from KwaZulu-Natal, her inaugural contest was the Matric Experience 2015, where she secured the first runner-up position. However, according to Briefly, her breakthrough came in 2021 when she participated in Miss South Africa. Winning the prestigious uBuhle crown on October 16, 2021, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. This marked her debut in a major beauty pageant, succeeding Shudufhadzo Musida as Miss SA 2020. As part of her winnings, Lalela received notable prizes, including R1 million in cash. A one-year residence in a fully furnished apartment in Central Square Sandton, and a one-year lease on a Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan for her reign.

Beyond her beauty and elegance, Lalela Mswane is a distinguished graduate with a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria. Graduating with this academic achievement holds significant importance for her. Lalela’s journey in beauty contests started in 2015 with the Matric Experience, and in 2021. She claimed the highest beauty crown in the country. Despite facing bullying in high school for her tall and slender physique. She emerged as a role model and the epitome of confidence. Furthermore, Lalela ventured into modelling at the age of 16, subsequently joining Alushi Models in Johannesburg. She also pursued her passion for dance, becoming a professional ballet dancer, with regular sessions at dance studios. Lalela Mswane’s multifaceted journey, from overcoming challenges to embracing her passions. Positions her as a remarkable figure and an inspiration to the youth and women across South Africa.

The Miss SA Organization announced on February 15, 2022, that Mswane would also represent South Africa at the 13th edition of Miss Supranational. A few months later she competed at Miss Universe.

As per Gistflare, the announcement garnered both positive and negative feedback online. Mswane was crowned Miss Supranational on July 15, 2022. During the final round of questions and answers. She had been asked, “Why do people fear losing things they don’t even own?” Mswane had responded: “I used to worry about losing things I didn’t have. It stemmed from a fear of perfection or the pressures of the world, as well as a desire for happiness that I didn’t have… Every day, we should instil a grateful attitude in our children.”

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Her victory also marked a back-to-back triumph for Africa.


Mswane is not married but remains single. Unfortunately, details about her relationship are yet to be disclosed. As per Gistflare, born to her Eswatini-born father, Muntu Mswane, a former diplomat and minister who passed away in 2010, and her mother Hleliselwe, who worked as an accounts clerk and housewife. She grew up as the third child in a family of three, with an older brother and sister. After completing her secondary education at Pro Arte Alphen Park in 2015. Lalela enrolled at the University of Pretoria and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She was born on March 27, 1997, in Richards Bay, South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.


Lalela Mswane boasts a significant following on social media platforms. On Instagram, you can find her at @lalela_mswane, where she shares glimpses of her life, career, and various endeavours with her substantial number of followers. Additionally, on Twitter, she goes by the handle @Lalela_lali and has 31.2K followers. Offering another avenue to connect with her and stay updated on her journey, thoughts, and engagements. Follow her on these platforms to be part of her online community and witness her impact in the digital realm.

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Lalela Mswane stands as a remarkable individual with a multifaceted life that encompasses modelling, beauty pageantry, law, and dance. Her journey from Matric Experience 2015 to winning the coveted titles of Miss South Africa 2021 and Miss Supranational 2022. Hence, her resilience and determination. Beyond her professional achievements, Lalela’s personal life remains relatively private, with no details about her current relationship status.