Miss SA top 30 finalists Luyanda Zuma, Alyssa Smith and Ayanda Thabethe are flying the Pietermaritzburg flag high.
These Pietermaritzburg-born women are eager to be crowned Miss SA 2022.
Luyanda Zuma (20), a former Carter High pupil, who is also an international model, entrepreneur and a final year Bachelor of Live Performance student at Afda said she wants to use the Miss SA platform to further extend the message of self-love and acceptance.
“Growing up as a dark-skinned woman was probably one of the hardest battles I had to fight. Not only do I represent external beauty, my advocacy for colourism, gender-based violence, self-love and self-acceptance empowers me to get women to recognise their true beauty and accept themselves for who they truly are,” said Zuma.
Alyssa Smith (24), a corporate lawyer who specialises in equity fund formation, said that entering Miss SA is a step towards her journey of pursuing purpose and that she wants to dedicate her life to doing something meaningful.
“It will allow me to represent the wealth of diversity our country holds with integrity and honour. I am ready to bring about meaningful change in areas where our country needs it most.
“I believe we need to have, and encourage, empathy; we need to show and teach compassion, we need to inspire ambition that builds not only ourselves but those around us, our communities and our nation in order for us to embrace what it means to be truly South African,” said Smith.
Meanwhile, Taylor’s Halt’s very own Ayanda Thabethe (22) who is currently doing her final year of a BSc in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said that being Miss SA has always been a dream of hers.
“I want to be on a platform where my voice can be magnified, where my cause can be heard and where I can make a difference in our country and I hope that my journey is as wholesome as it has been so far and just continues to grow,” said Thabethe.
The Top 10 will be announced on June 13.