Much Thumbs Down For Miss SA Ntando Kunene’s Miss World Dress

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Supposedly depicting Mpumalanga’s famed sunshine is the dress that Miss SA Ntando Kunene will be wearing when she represents the country at Miss World 2016 pageant next month.

The beauty queen shared pictures of two of the dresses she’ll be taking with her to the global event in the US. More emphasis was on her national dress designed by JJ Schoeman which they said was inspired by her home province Mpumalanga.

More emphasis was on her national dress designed by JJ Schoeman which they said was inspired by her home province Mpumalanga.

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The designer who is responsible for designing all her outfits decided to deviate from the traditional national dress. Skipping the usual animal prints and cultural references, he was able to come up with something entirely different from what we are used to seeing. Keeping it simple, Schoeman drew inspiration for the dress from the province’s nickname‚ the place of the rising sun.

“The inspiration was quite simple. We tapped into Nthando and who she is and where she’s from. Mpumalanga is the place of the rising sun. If you think about our beautiful country we have beautiful sunrises. It’s usually a controversial piece because of our different cultures and who we are‚” he said.

Also, an overwhelmed Ntando Kunene can’t wait to share the rich traditions of her country with the world.

“The journey to Miss World is going to be a beautiful one simply because I always give my best. I’m feeling very confident in the stories I will share from my country.”

“The journey to Miss World is going to be a beautiful one simply because I always give my best. I’m feeling very confident in the stories I will share from my country.”

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Meanwhile, while the pageant and some others are gushing over the dress, some fans including celebrities disagreed with the fact that the dress truly represents South Africa. They also see no connection to the Mpumalanga sunshine on the dress.



Actress Florence Masebe and TV star Lexi were on the list of vocal critics;

And of course, outspoken musician Ntsiki Mazwai has to be on the list somehow as she frowns at Kunene’s weave;