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South Africa’s new beauty queen

Dr Claude Mashego has just been crowned the very first Miss World South Africa.
Author: Neo Sesinye
Tue, Oct 31, 2023

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It’s been a momentous week for the country proving that we continue to raise South African flagship.

Our latest win - we’ve just become richer with a new beauty queen. Claudia Mashego, a medical doctor and founder of the non-profit organization, Young Leaders Network has just been crowned the very first Miss World South Africa.

This means, Mashego will represent the country in 2024 at the Miss World Beauty Pageant where Rolene Strauss was crowned with the title in 2014. During her crowning, Mashego emphasized the power of working together to transform Africa into a powerful and prosperous region.

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The prestigious event was launched in May this year by businesswoman Carol Bouwer after Miss SA announced that their paths with the Miss World competition are separating. This comes after the decision was taken following the Miss SA competition’s to open up participation to married women and mothers, something that the Miss World competition still does not allow.

Thus far, South Africa has continued to shine at the Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Supranational competitions with our beauty queens continuing to reign.

Margaret Gardiner (1978), Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017) and Zozibini Tunzi (2019) have already been Miss Universe winners crowned, while Penny Coelen (1958), Anneline Kriel (1974) and Rolene Strauss (2014) were all crowned the world queens, and Lalela Mswane (2022) was the first South African to be crowned Miss Supranational.

Congrats to Mashego. We’re excited to see how she represents South Africa for the first time ever on the global Miss World stage in March next year.


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