Kunene confident of her chances as Miss Universe
Miss SA says she will do us proud at pageant
MISS South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene is planning to do the country proud when she competes in the Miss Universe pageant later this month.
The beauty queen jets off today to the Philippines, with the competition being held at the Mall of Asia Complex in Manila on January 30.
The 23-year-old will compete against contestants from 85 other countries who will all vie for the prestigious title.
Although Kunene failed to bring home the Miss World crown when she competed in the pageant last month in the US, she is confident about her chances this time around.
“I learnt a great deal from my participation in Miss World and I’m really looking forward to the Miss Universe pageant and to meeting the other contestants,” she said.
Local luxury fashion brand Quiteria & George will design Kunene’s dress.
The current Miss Universe titleholder, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines, will officially hand over the crown to her successor on the night.
Her appointment in December 2015 was met with controversy when the host, comedian Steve Harvey, accidentally announced on live television another contestant as the winner. Once he realised the mistake, he quickly rectified it, but video footage of the faux pas went viral.
Despite the mix-up, Harvey will this year again host the event, which will be broadcast live on the Fox Television Network.
The pageant, which started as a marketing competition by California company Catalina Swimwear in 1952, has evolved over the past 64 years into an annual tradition celebrating intelligence, poise and beauty.
Miss South Africa Margaret Gardiner took the title in 1978. Other African winners include Miss Namibia, Michelle McLean, in 1992; Miss Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe, in 1999; and Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, in 2011.
This year’s Miss South Africa pageant will take place in March.
WORLD CLASS: Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene