Bryoni Govender to represent Mzansi at Miss Universe pageant
Here's why reigning Miss SA Natasha Joubert won't be competing at Miss Universe.
Miss SA 2023 first runner up, Bryoni Govender. Picture: Supplied
Miss SA‘s first princess Bryoni Govender will represent South Africa at the Miss Universe competition later this year.
The next Miss Universe pageant will be held in El Salvador, Central America, in November 2023.
The reigning Miss SA Natasha Joubert will not represent SA at Miss Universe as the pageant rules state a contestant cannot enter more than once. The beauty queen previously represented the country at the Miss Universe 2021 competition.
Ahead of the Miss SA finale, Bryoni said she worked hard to be in the top 12 and was excited to continue her Miss South Africa journey.
“I have found confidence in my authentic self. And now, more than ever, I am ready to become an ambassador for South Africa. Making the top 12 is just one step closer to reaching my goal,” she said at the time.
Natasha Joubert on serving Miss SA full term
During an interview with Thando Thabethe on 94.7, Natasha said she will not participate in global competitions because she wants to finish her term as Miss SA.
“I’m not going to the Supranational. The goal of coming back was to serve my country, and I meant it. I really did mean it, but I’m giving another lady an opportunity to go and represent, but I am going with… I will be the one in the crowd with the South African flag… For me, Miss South Africa was always the goal. I wanted this job.”
Natasha revealed she has already raised over R1 million in bursaries and hopes to make an impact.
“Next week I am going to have my meeting, and we will see what is the plan of action and how are we going to roll this out. I want Miss South Africa to be humongous again. The impact needs to be huge,” Natasha said.