SA Beauty Queens Who Have Won Major International Pageants. When it come to the international stage, South Africa has presence. Zozibini Tunzi’s recent win was just one of the many we have clinched over the years.
The likes of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Rolene Strauss, Margaret Gardiner and Penelope Anne Coelen have represented us well in international beauty pageants.
On Sunday Zozibini Tunzi became the third woman from South Africa to win Miss Universe 2019. The 26 year old is also the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
In 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters became the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa. The 24 year old began her pageantry career representing Western Cape in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition on March 26, 2017, which she won.
In 2014 Rolene Strauss became the third South African woman to be crowned Miss World. The 27 year old beauty won her first title at age 15, when she won the Elite Model Look South Africa competition in 2007. Strauss later placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa 2011. She returned three years later to compete, representing Bloemfontein, and was crowned Miss South Africa 2014.
Margaret Gardiner made history as the first South African woman to win the Miss Universe in 1978. She was just 18 years of age when she clinched the crown. During the event held in Acapulco, she received her crown from Janelle Commissiong, the first black titleholder of the pageant.
Penelope Anne Coelen
Penelope Anne Coelen was crowned Miss World in 1958. The 18-year-old secretary from Durban enraptured the audience with her poise and beauty. She gained widespread international attention during her reign and received several lucrative modelling offers.