It’s true she didn’t get the crown, but the reigning Miss South Africa Ntando Kunene is confident that she has made a positive impact by participating in the Miss Universe pageant.
Though she brought her best to the competition which was held in the Philippines, Ntando still faced criticism from fans who were disappointed that she didn’t bring the coveted crown home.
Unfazed, Ntando has a word or two to tell the critics who are busy spreading the negativity.
Taking to social media, the South African queen used a lengthy statement to hit back at critics.
“Critics say you have heavily disappointed South Africa. Who are those critics? I have never paid attention to people who just sit and criticize,” she said.
Besides, Ntando said she’s convinced that she achieved her aim which was to inspire girls to strive to make their dreams a reality. To her, that’s all that matters.
“My journey was to inspire girls in my country to work towards their goals. You may not always get your hearts desires but you should always give it your best. I am confident that I have left footprints that will not only be followed but used as a guideline to better advance women.”
In a lighter mood, Ntando went on to thank fans who were there for her during the exciting journey. “I am so thankful to each and every person that has made my journey one to remember and cherish. “
I just woke up from the most beautiful nap 😀. South Africa and the world thank you for your amazing support and encouragement. I truly appreciate it 🙏🏾. This marks the end of my pageant career, after so many years. No more entering pageants. Im retiring 😂😂. it's on to the next phase of my life. I can't wait to be back in my homeland and resume my duties as Miss South Africa. Love you all ❤️🇿🇦 iNtandoyenkosi Yenzekile 🙏🏾 #MissSA2016
She may not have scooped the Miss Universe crown on Monday, but she did fly the SA flag high.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old dental surgery student, Iris Mittenaere from Lille in the north of France outshone 85 beautiful ladies from different parts of the world to clinch the coveted title. Iris, edged out Miss Haiti (Raquel Pelissier), the first runner-up, and Miss Colombia (Andrea Tovar) who emerged as the second runner-up.