Oh my, what a bammer!

2012-11-24 19:50

Fashionistas were left reeling this week after Miss SA Melinda Bam revealed the national costume she’ll be wearing at Miss Universe in Las Vegas next month.

When asked for comment, legendary designer Marianne Fassler said: “I know beauty when I see it, but all I see here is some very shiny gladiator-ninja-avatar character desperate to be noticed ...

“Not out of place with the others from Venezuela, China, Dominican Republic and many more countries desperate to be noticed. Shame, poor girl. How is she going to walk with all that gold stuff trailing in front of her? Perhaps her stilts were still being decorated.”

Fellow designer David Tlale’s first reaction was: “Wow, uhm ...” He then burst out laughing.

“It looks like a performance dress and I see Beyoncé. It doesn’t represent South Africa and where we are going. For me, the chiffon is just killing it.”
Leading fashion blogger Malibongwe Tyilo also burst out laughing.

“It’s horrible! It looks like a lacy cat suit on the one side and somehow someone didn’t stop when they should have.

“It would be gorgeous for a costume party.”

Designer Peter Bondesio for Go Wild Designs defended his garment in a statement, saying: “The dress symbolises South Africa’s mineral wealth: gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and charcoal.

“The bodice appears as if Melinda is dripping in gold.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Ireland centre Payne out of RWC
LIVE: Samoa v Scotland
Jones: Japan can be 'team of the tournament'
LIVE: Australia v Wales
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is heightened...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.