A grand finale of the Miss Free State crowning was a night filled with glitz and glam, a production that had the crowd asking for more. Not only was the new Miss Free State SA 2019 and Miss Free State Teen crowning a glamorous occasion for the participants, it was also the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Miss Free State competition year in the industry. The event was held at the Sand du Plessis Theatre on Saturday 1 June 2019.
According to directors of Miss Free State Teen, Anri Powell and Yolande Koupis, the Miss Free State organisation works with the best production team in Bloemfontein and they were grateful to collaborate with them.
“Congratulations to each and every single finalist in both age groups. We are proud of all your hard work and dedication. To our Teen and SA Queen, we can’t wait to start this wonderful journey with you both,” Koupis said.
Newly crowned Miss Free State SA, 25-year-old Lungile Carol Mazibuko, a Social Sciences and Human Dynamics graduate, took the crown on Saturday evening. Mazibuko received a long list of gifts, including a Sovereign Mini Cooper from Sovereign Bloemfontein. Mazibuko described her journey as incredibly amazing and also an emotional rollercoaster. “Every day I learned, became inspired and definitely was groomed, but most importantly, the journey wouldn’t have been as amazing without the other finalists. With our differences and multiple powerful personalities, we rubbed off positively on each other and got along so well, it was lovely,” said Mazibuko.
‘Driving away’ with the crown
16-year-old Emmari van der Merwe, who was crowned Miss Free State Teen, told Bloemfontein Courant she had an amazing journey. “I learned so much about myself during this journey, and I had a bunch of fun reaching out to my community.
“When I was crowned Miss Free State Teen Finalist 2019, I was filled with happiness. I never thought that I, being an athlete and dancer, would be able to stand on a stage, in front of people, and feel beautiful inside and out. I am truly grateful to everyone who supported me on this incredible journey,” Van der Merwe said.
PIERCE VAN HEERDEN