After displaying intense regal energy and a level of confidence that wowed judges, Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021.
Miss South Africa 2021 crowning moment
This year’s pageant hopefuls put their best foot forward but it all boiled down to what each contestant stood for, what the queen would do with her time as Miss SA 2021, taking the crown from Shudufhadzo Musida who used her presence on the massive stage to bring awareness to mental health.
In the end, it was not Bianca Bezuidenhout or Moratwe Masima who ticked all the boxes. Mswane, a regal woman with a posture that exudes confidence, turned heads and it was well-deserved that she was crowned this year’s Miss SA.
Read more for a full breakdown of what Mswane walks away with.
Everything we know about Lalela Mswane
Mswane’s destiny as a pageant queen was written in the stars, it seems. The 24-year-old hails from KwaSokhulu, Richards Bay, KwaZuluNatal . Moreover, from what we understand, the new pageant queen’s origins can be traced back to Eswatini as she is the daughter of former diplomat and minister, the late Muntu Mswane.
Before gracing the Miss SA stage with her mission to use the pageantry as an opportunity to address unemployment and uplift the youth, Mswane was a professional dancer and model.
Her early childhood learning was completed at Crawford Preparatory in Pretoria where she fell in love with ballet, at the age of nine.
Her adolescent years were spent studying at Pro Arte Alphen Park High School and it was during this period that she honed her dancing skills, while scoring top marks on her regular subjects.
Mswane obtained her LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and describes herself as graceful, tenacious and meticulous and says she would love to meet the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to discuss ways of alleviating the growing unemployment problem.
This was Mswane’s motivation for being considered to audition for Miss SA 2021:
“I entered Miss South Africa 2021 in pursuit of a childhood dream. I deserve to win this title because I believe that my advocacy against the abatement of unemployment in our nation is one which requires dire attention and having the full support of the Miss South Africa Organisation would provide greater impact in the quest for meaningful and long-lasting solutions. I possess the compassion, tenacity, leadership and people skills which render me a worthy title holder. With a willing heart, an open mind and an eagerness to learn and grow, it would be an absolute honour to reign as Miss South Africa 2021.”