Johannesburg, 11 June 2020 – Following a record number of submissions received during the online entry process for Miss South Africa 2020 between 11-31 May, the beauty pageant judges have announced their top 35 selection.
The top 35, in alphabetical order, are:
Abnarzade (21), from Johannesburg South, graduated in Strategic Communication from the University of Johannesburg and currently working in marketing. She made the Miss South Africa Top 35 last year.
Anica (27), comes from Bethlehem in the Free State but currently lives in Robertson in the Western Cape, a full-time international model with Boss Models and has a degree in BSC Life Science with majors in Psychology and Physiology and currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Unisa.
Aphelele (24), comes from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape but currently lives in Johannesburg, holds a BA Integrated Marketing Communications from the AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, works as a marketing associate and is a part-time Boss Model.
Busisiwe (27), comes from Emdeni in Soweto and is a senior and FET phase teacher also studying for a Diploma in Personal Training at Trifocus Fitness Academy.
Carla (20), grew up in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth, but is currently living in Muizenburg, Cape Town. A full-time model at Boss Models Cape Town, she is also a drama student at Rondini Film School.
Chantelle (24) was born and raised in Pretoria but is currently travelling six months of the year working as a model in Europe. She completed a Diploma in Nutrition at the Blackford Centre in the UK and is currently studying B.Com at Unisa.
Gabriella (23), from Sandton, Gauteng, completed her honours in psychology at Stellenbosch University and is currently tutoring her brother at home and hoping to do her masters in clinical psychology in 2022.
Jamie Lee Harris
Jamie (24), comes from Bluff, KZN, but currently resides in Johannesburg. She is a final year Bachelor of Law student as well as an entrepreneur and model.
Jordan van der Vyver
Jordan (24), lives in Durbanville in the Western Cape but grew up in Johannesburg. She currently works as an international model signed with Boss Models South Africa.
Kadija (23), hails from Umlazi, KZN, but lives in Cape Town. She graduated with an ND in Civil Engineering from the Mangosuthu University of Technology and is currently completing a B.Tech at Tshwane University of Technology in construction management. She is also a part-time model at Indoni models and D&A.
Karabo (21), from Soweto, Gauteng, is in her second year of a psychology degree at the University of Johannesburg and a full-time model at Boss Models Johannesburg.
A Miss SA Top 12 finalist in 2018, Karishma (25), was born and raised in Chatsworth, Durban, but moved to Pretoria at the age of 18 where she studied and graduated with an MBChB at the University of Pretoria. She is now a qualified medical doctor working in Johannesburg.
Kayla (27), is from Meredale, Johannesburg and resides in Randburg. She is a singer/songwriter with Lorac Entertainment, as well as a beauty salon and fashion brand entrepreneur and a commercial model and aspiring actress with Legends Agency.
Kea (21), comes from Bloemfontein in Free State but lives in Johannesburg. She is in her final year studying strategic brand communication at Vega college, Johannesburg and is also a digital content creator on various social media platforms.
Lebogang (24), was born and raised in Soshanguve, Pretoria and is currently based in Umhlanga, KZN. She graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BSc. Food Science degree and is currently employed as a product developer.
Lerato (25), lives in Orange Farm, Gauteng and has a degree in Information and Knowledge Management from the University of Johannesburg. She is also a model with Fabulousdotcom Models.
Lerato (24), hails from Potchefstroom in the North West Province and graduated with a B.Com Marketing and Tourism Management degree from the North-West University. She is currently running her own event styling and coordination business L A S Events while also working at A&E Wedding and Function Decor.
Lesedi (24), from Pietermaritzburg, KZN, is a final year LLB student at the University of the Free State and is a part-time model at Boss Models.
Lindokuhle (24), is originally from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape but currently lives in George in the Western Cape. She graduated with a Higher Certificate in Business Studies from Nelson Mandela University and is pursuing a Diploma in Logistics Management. She is also a part-time model at 33and me talent agency.
Luvé (23), from Brackenfell, Cape Town, is a psychology graduate and is currently completing her honours degree. She is a full-time model with ICE Genetics.
Matsepo (21), comes from Pietermaritzburg, KZN, and is studying law at the University of Pretoria.
Melissa (24), was born in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, but lives in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. She obtained a BA degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA in Johannesburg and works as an account manager for a marketing agency.
Melvarene (25), from Eldorado Park, Gauteng is an LLB graduate from the University of Johannesburg. She is employed as a legal intern at the Gauteng Department of Roads and Public Transport.
Natasha (22), hails from Centurion, Gauteng. She is a B.Com Marketing Management graduate, public relations officer and couture business owner.
Nicole (25), is from Stellenbosch and has a degree in fashion design and is currently completing an honours degree in fashion design.
Nkosazana (24), was born in Khayelitsha but now resides in Cape Town and is a creative director and filmmaker who also works as a professional fashion model signed with Boss Models Cape Town. She made the Miss South Africa Top 35 last year.
Olin-Shae De La Cruz
Olin-Shae (26), was born and raised in Claremont, Cape Town, but now lives in Bryanston, Johannesburg. She is in her final year of completing her Bachelor of Business Administration in Media Operations Management degree and works as an account manager for an advertising agency. She is also a netball coach at ActionKidz SA and the co-founder of Swish EP.
Olorato (24), comes from Warrenton in the Northern Cape but is currently living in Midrand, Gauteng. She recently obtained her private pilot’s license at Aeronav Academy and is currently completing her commercial pilot’s. She is also a part time model at PACE Model Artist Management.
Palesa (23), comes from Sasolburg in the Free State and graduated with a B.Com degree in Economics & Risk Management. She is studying for her honours degree in economics.
Savannah (24), is from Durban KZN but now lives in Rondebosch, Cape Town. She graduated with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Stellenbosch University and received Honours in Live Performance and a Diploma in Media Makeup and Styling. She is an actress and online TEFL English Teacher.
Sherry (25), from Sunninghill, Johannesburg graduated from Wits University with a BA Honours degree in International Relations and is currently working in HR at Hogan Lovells law firm in Sandton.
Shevon (23), comes from Johannesburg, Gauteng and graduated with a degree in B.Com Entrepreneurship through the University of Pretoria. Currently a part-time model at G3 Models and an au pair she also co-owns a small business called Route Products.
Shudufhadzo (23), comes from Ha-Masia in Venda, Limpopo, but currently lives in Johannesburg. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Pretoria and is currently completing a BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
Stacy (23), is from Viljoenskroon in the Free State and recently graduated from the North-West University with a BSc degree in Human Movement Science and Physiology.
Thato (25), comes from Stilfontein in the North West. She currently works as a medical doctor at the Klerksdorp Tshepong hospital complex and is a part-time make up student at the Beauty Therapy Institute in Bloemfontein.
For the next few weeks, these 35 contestants will be out to impress this year’s semi-finalist judges; broadcaster Anele Mdoda, and former Miss South Africa title holders Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (2010), Liesl Laurie (2015) and Adè van Heerden (2017). A top 16 will now be selected and announced at a future date.
Recently it was announced that, for the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, the top three finalists will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants. Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World, but will also now be fielding an entrant to Miss Supranational.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International and Brand South Africa.
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