Beauties with brains?

2012-09-15 17:51

One thought a giraffe was a member of the Big Five.

Still, this year’s crop of Miss South Africa hopefuls are proving to have serious brain power.

Educated, sassy and opinionated, they run businesses and boast about reading news sites.

One such contestant is Charlotte Smith (24) from the East Rand’s Kempton Park.

She was spot on when articulating the current unemployment rate in South Africa in response to a wise-guy journalist.

“I’m interested in how the economy works. I’m on Facebook and Twitter and have News24 as an application. I think as citizens we have to be passionate, otherwise we won’t see progress,” said Smith, who has a communication science degree and runs a modelling agency.

She has produced a Miss Teen World winner.

Losing her father to a hijacking and watching her mother struggle to put her and her brother through semi-private schools, became Zahrah Perry’s driving force.

Born to a British dad and a Cape Malay mum, Perry (21) started an online blog in high school to motivate her peers.

This turned into a lively news feed on upcoming events, lifestyle and fashion when she joined university.

Perry also works with the Boundless Heart charity in the Delft area of Cape Town.

Model Natasha Kashimoto (21), another Gauteng finalist, designs shoes, sells weaves and plans to study medicine.

“It is not a bad thing to be a social person but I feel it is hectically important to have brains too. As Miss SA you need to have an opinion ...”

» The Road to Miss SA will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic

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