While entries for this year’s pageant continue to stream in from across the country, reigning Miss South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, has some advice for those still deciding whether or not to enter this year.
She says that Miss South Africa transforms lives and she believes she is living proof of that. “Our presence on a platform such as this brings about the idea of possibilities – a future reimagined for little girls and women alike. In this, we realise just how much this was never about us to begin with, but rather about those whom we represent.”
According to Olivier, all you need for this moment is a thorough knowledge of who you are and what you stand for; a vision for what you would like to do with this title and the courage to pursue it. “A lot of young women ask ‘How do we know we are ready to enter?’ or ‘How do we know when we know enough?’. The truth is that you don’t. In fact, I am still learning while I am wearing the Miss South Africa crown,” she says.
Olivier explains how she has had to adapt her role as Miss South Africa during the Covid-19 lockdown: “I continue to lend my voice to a multitude of causes – not in person – but through social media. I am continuing with my #itsnotyourfault campaign, which is aimed at making sure that people, like me, who have endured sexual assault, know that they are not to blame for their abuse. I am also continuing to raise funds from corporates and individuals to buy, pack and distribute Rape Comfort Packs.”
Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned in the first weekend in August as the country starts its Women’s Month celebrations. Those who wish to enter this year can simply visit www.misssa.co.za, answer a number of questions and upload photographs from their social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Entries for this year’s competition close on May 31.