Rolene Strauss: Miss SA can be a life-changing experience

2015-03-29 13:11

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Miss South Africa 2015 will be crowned at Sun City’s Superbowl in the North West tonight.

City Press spoke to Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss who offered some advice to the 12 Miss SA finalists.

Strauss said firstly all the girls must remember how fortunate they are.

“They were chosen out of thousands of other young beautiful women – they were the chosen ones,” Strauss said.

“So they must appreciate each and every moment. Most importantly they must write every thought down and they will soon realise how fortunate and privileged they are.”

The girls must just be themselves tonight, she added, and use one another for support and friendship.

“Don’t lose yourself, stay true to yourself,” Strauss said. “Also remember this is a journey not a destination. It’s also a life-changing experience, especially if you see the bigger picture.”

She said she still remembered the day she was crowned Miss SA like it was yesterday.

If you don’t win tonight, don’t give up because there’s always next time, she said.

“If you do your best, the rest will just follow.”

She also had a few words of advice for tonight’s winner: “One thing that makes you a great Miss SA is if people can relate to you. Secondly, learn to make time for your family because they are the ones who keep you grounded and keep you going at all times.”

But she warned that being Miss SA wasn’t always as glamorous as it appeared to be.

“Sometimes you just want to be yourself, running to the garage without make-up and heels. But your fans would still want to take a picture with you – so know that the crown also comes with that.”

When asked if she sees the next Miss World in one of the girls, Strauss said: “The girls are all passionate and they have a heart of giving.” She said the girls should embrace the Miss World inside of them.

What criteria does the judging panel use when selecting Miss SA?

“They want someone who is going to be loved by the whole country. They are looking for someone who is approachable and authentic,” she said, adding that most importantly they wanted someone who has an inner soul.

Strauss said that a person with an inner sould was someone who becomes more beautiful the more you get to know her.

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