Hits and misses

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1971

Miss South Africa Mon­ica Fairall made the top 15 in the Miss Uni­verse con­test be­fore she was dis­qual­i­fied for her bare-backed dress, which or­gan­is­ers said was too re­veal­ing.

1975

Miss South Africa Vera Johns was dis­qual­i­fied shortly be­fore the Miss World pageant af­ter it was re­vealed she was ac­tu­ally Rhode­sian.

1991

Diana Tilden-Davis was sec­ond run­ner-up at Miss World in the first year South Africa was read­mit­ted to the pageant af­ter be­ing banned be­tween 1978 and 1990 due to in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions against apartheid.

2017

Last year, 10 fi­nal­ists and semi-fi­nal­ists claimed the pageant was rigged in favour of win­ner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Or­gan­is­ers dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions.

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