Finalists ready for swimsuit shoot

2016-02-10 06:00
THE finalists for Miss South Africa 2016 are from the left, front: Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng), Reabetswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng), Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga), Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State), Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng) and Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape); back: Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng), Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape), Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape), Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga), Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape) and Schane Venter (Alberton, Gauteng). Photo: Supplied

THE finalists for Miss South Africa 2016 are from the left, front: Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng), Reabetswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng), Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga), Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State), Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng) and Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape); back: Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng), Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape), Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape), Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga), Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape) and Schane Venter (Alberton, Gauteng). Photo: Supplied

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THE finalists in the Miss South Africa 2016 Pageant will be taking part in a shoot for World Swimsuit South Africa later this month.

One finalist will earn a coveted place amongst the legendary World Swimsuit models in the pages of this year’s swimsuit edition, with a four page spread and R20 000 in cash courtesy of Sun International and Cell C.

The winner will be announced during the Miss South Africa Pageant at Carnival City on Saturday, 19 March, which will be broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) in an unmissable two-hour spectacular.

The World Swimsuit South Africa shoot takes place in Cape Town on 18 and 19 February with acclaimed photographer Jacques Weyers.

The South Africa Swimsuit issue, a recognised brand within the modelling industry, was incorporated into the global World Swimsuit (WS) brand in 2014 and includes an international model search and a WS YouTube channel.

Netsport Media has helped launch some of the most recognised faces in the industry, including Bar Refaeli, Xenia Deli, Sarah Stephens, Samantha Hoopes and Solveig Mõrk, as well as some of South Africa’s biggest exports, such as Candice Swanepoel, Genevieve Morton, Dominique Piek and Jessica Buchanan.

Claudia Henkel, public relations manager of Sun International, says: “This is a coup for the Miss South Africa brand and a huge opportunity for the 12 Miss South Africa finalists and the winner, who will get her own four-page spread.”

It is a view echoed by Suzette van der Merwe, managing executive at Cell C.

“Appearing in World Swimsuit South Africa is one of the most sought after opportunities in the modelling industry. It has propelled the modelling careers of many young women that have been selected to participate. It will showcase this year’s Miss South Africa finalists as healthy role models for young women to aspire to.”

Aletha Carswell, co-founder of World Swimsuit South Africa and managing director of Netsport Media, says: “We love young women who are easy in their skin. We are not looking for perfection, but prefer girls who are beautiful in a fresh, wholesome and effortless way. Our audience wants to relate to them and it is important that women in particular identify with the models we choose – healthy looking, fit, curvaceous bodies, contrary to the perception that all models must be skinny or rake thin.”

South African fashion photographer Jacques Weyers has collaborated with the World Swimsuit team since 2002, working with top swimsuit stars in some of the world’s most exotic beach locations and has become one of the most recognised international swimsuit photographers of his era.

Miss South Africa, presented by Sun International in collaboration with Cell C, takes place at Carnival City on Saturday, 19 March, and will be televised from 17:00 to 19:00. Vuzu (DStv Channel 114) will air a live 30-minute red carpet event from 16:00 to 16:30.

Mzansi and Vuzu will feature inserts and interviews with the 12 finalists in the weeks leading up to the final event.

The 12 Miss South Africa 2016 finalists are Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State), Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga), Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape), Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape), Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape), Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga), Reabe­tswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng), Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape), Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng), Schané Venter (Alberton, Gauteng), Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng) and Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng).

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