Miss SA 2021 Lalela Mswane defines herself as "graceful, diligent, and thorough."
Mswane is also Mzansi's newest millionaire as the newest Miss SA. She earned a package of awards and endorsements worth more than R4 million, including R1 million in cash, in addition to the coveted championship.
Here are some other interesting facts about her:
Beauty And The Brains
Mswane is a model and dancer with a law degree from the University of Pretoria. "My posture gives it away," she says.
She considers earning her legal qualification in the "minimal time" to be one of her greatest achievements to date, alongside winning Miss SA.
CAUSE SHE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT
Mswane believes that the high unemployment rate in the country "not only affects our youth, but is also the source of many of the societal evils that are so widespread in SA."
She wants to utilize the Miss SA platform to raise awareness of this issue and "seek meaningful solutions that will have long-term effects on its alleviation."
One approach is to launch a campaign that "aims to provide support to young people in order to help them develop their own employment chances using entrepreneurial skills, empowering them to be self-sufficient and secure their own economic destiny."
"It's time that... we establish our own tables rather than waiting for the allocation of seats," Mswane said on the Miss SA stage.
BORA BORA IS ON HER BUCKET LIST
The queen, together with her mother, older sister, and brother, would want to spend a week on this small island in the South Pacific.
She'd have lots of opportunities to eat her favorite meal, seafood, while she's there.
SECRETS NO-ONE KNOWS
Mswane explains on the Miss SA website that people are startled to learn that she sucked her thumb for the first 18 years of her life.
She also admits to “dancing and singing in front of a mirror as if she were performing for a sold-out show” as a guilty pleasure.
COVID'S SILVER LINING
Mswane said that "the solidarity, compassion, and empathy that people have showed is lovely" when asked by the Miss SA organization if she sees any positives in what has happened since the Covid-19 outbreak began.
"As I observed and continue to witness the love and grace people are showing to one another, my hope inhumanity was restored." Where one is lacking, another fills the void. We choose to lead with love and goodwill, despite the fact that the pandemic has taken so much from us.”
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