Miss SA intends educating Indonesians about rhino horn medicine

2013-08-30 00:00

REIGNING Miss South Africa Marilyn Ramos has revealed two of the pageant costumes she will be wearing in the Miss World competition on September 28.

At the pageant in Jakarta, Indonesia, she will wear an evening dress by Michael Bezuidenhout, while Biji Couture has made the official Miss World designer competition gown.

Says Bezuidenhout: “Since the first gown I custom made for Marilyn, I knew there was something special about her. She is passionate about what she does and gives it her all.

“My inspiration for this year’s official Miss World evening gown was drawn from the Miss World crown. And so the colours I used are aquamarine and sky-blue. I used soft fabrics, bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, to create an impression of a fantasy princess.”

Biji said its dress was a take on an African sunset.

It is made of silk chiffon and shows the sunset in different variations of colour starting with gold and yellow at the asymmetrical neckline changing into orange and red and ending at the bottom with indigo.

At the Johannesburg reveal on Wednesday, 22-year-old Ramos showed Bezuidenhout’s evening gown and a “dances of the world” costume.

The Klerksdorp-born beauty, who will be representing South Africa against 132 other countries in the competition, will be taking a rhino collectible as part of her Miss World gift.

Ramos is an Elandela Rhino Survivor Trust ambassador and actively promotes both the plight of rhinos and the campaign to save them from extinction.

During Miss World she intends to educate other entrants, and as many Indonesians as possible, that the East has to change its way of looking at rhino horn as a traditional medicine. She is also planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help injured rhinos.

Ramos told The Witness she was looking forward to the pageant. “I have learned valuable lessons thanks to the wonderful opportunities being Miss South Africa 2012/13 has afforded me,” she said. “I have been shown such kindness and generosity of spirit by the many South Africans I have met during my reign. I will do my best and showcase our beautiful country and the values of the rainbow nation.”

• Next year’s Miss South Africa pageant takes place in March. Those interested in entering must do so by August 31 at www.suninternational.com/MissSA

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