The search for Miss South Africa 2017 came to a conclusion on Sunday night as Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters scooped the crown at the Sun City Superbowl.
The 21-year-old beauty queen who warmed her way into the hearts of many is from Sedgefield, Western Cape. Nel-Peters said her dream is to be a “beacon of hope” for the less fortunate.
Subsequently, Adè van Heerden from Western Cape was crowned the first princess in the 59th annual beauty pageant, while Boipelo Mabe from Alexandra was crowned second princess.
Mabe who shares similar dreams with the winner of Miss South Africa 2017 believes her achievement at the pageant will inspire young girls from underprivileged communities to reach for their dreams.
Though she didn’t get the crown, Mabe is happy with the extent she got in the competition.
“I’m no longer just Boipelo from down the street. I’m seen as a role model and someone doing something right with her life. I was obviously gunning for the crown, but I’m happy with how far I came,” she said.
As Miss South Africa 2017, Nel-Peters will receive R1m in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C as well as a bouquet of prizes.
In addition, during her reign as Miss SA, she will get to represent the country at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. Also, this life changing experience opens doors to a lot of opportunities in business, the arts, the media, retail and other commercial ventures. Indeed, many former beauty queens in South Africa have achieved phenomenal success during their reign as Miss SA.
Henceforth, Nel-Peters will be rubbing shoulders with the big shots in the industry as she will be involved in promotional work and celebrity appearances. She will also travel locally and abroad and get to meet people from all walks of life including dignitaries, celebrities, the privileged, the underprivileged, the sick and the needy.