Positive pageant experience for KZN’s Miss SA finalist

2014-04-01 00:00

ONLY bigger things are to come, says a positive Miss SA finalist, Julia Petersen.

Petersen (22) was the only representative from KwaZulu-Natal at this weekend’s 2014 pageant.

Hailing from Greenwood Park in Durban, Petersen went through a year-long process to become one of the top 12 beauties at this year’s event.

After a break in 2013 to rebrand the pageant, it was announced that Rolene Strauss was the 2014 winner and successor to Marilyn Ramos, who won the competition in 2012.

Petersen believed that Strauss was the perfect Miss South Africa and will be a great ambassador for the country.

“From the time we were all announced as the top 12 we knew that Rolene would win the pageant. She is really worthy of the title. She was well groomed and she really wanted this. I am really happy for her and I believe she will represent our country and women well,” she said.

Petersen’s own journey to the Sun City Superbowl stage began after she entered a regional competition and ended up on a list of 33 women.

“After the process of workshops and programmes we returned home to prepare for two months, and two weeks prior to the pageant we returned to Sun City to make final preparations,” Petersen said.

She added that she had left the competition without any rivalry, only friends. “We were shocked that we were such a strong group. We ended up being like sisters. I felt so blessed and honoured to be a part of the group I was in,” she said.

Petersen, who has been working as a model and also attained her degree in management and communications from UKZN last year, was no stranger to the pageant or the modelling scene — entering the previous pageant (making the top 16) and doing modelling work for both photographic and ramp for major companies.

“Being on stage with all the other finalists was like a dream come true. I did this not only for myself but I knew I would be representing KZN, Durban and every young girl out there. It was like living a victory,” she said.

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