Murunwa Mphigalale from Johannesburg was crowned as Miss South Africa Plus 2018 at the national final held in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre on Saturday (07/04).The 12 finalists competed in three sessions, after which Mphigalale received the most votes from the panel of judges. More than This year’s saw 12 contestants on stage last Saturday, 7 April, bravely showcasing their worth much the delight of the more than 150 audience. After three breath-taking sessions which afforded the contestants to give their best on the night, Mphigalale came top voted for by a panel of judges.She was crowned as the 2018 Miss SA Plus winner and sheis set to represent South Africa in the international pageant next year.Bloemfontein finalist Keletso Mofokeng was crowned as the second princess, while Limpopo’s Preshy Shibambu was crowned as the first princess. Mofokeng’s prize included a voucher for a full-body massage and a hamper of products from Mijona Cosmetics, a sponsor of the pageant. Shibambu won a weekend getaway for two at a five-star hotel in South Africa, as well as a hamper of Mijona cosmetic products.Newly-crowned queen Mphigalale won prize money worth R4 000, a hamper of Mijona cosmetic products and a trip to Atlanta, America, to represent South Africa at the Miss Plus World pageant in 2019. Special awards were also presented to the four crowd favourites. Members of the public and the audience present at the event were allowed to vote for their favourites. contestants who were the crowd favourites and in top eight to scoop the coveted title. Faith Booysen from Thaba Nchu was named as Miss Photogenic and Nomasonto Mtimkulu from Sasolburg received the public choice award. Lesego Mabale from Bloemfontein was named as Miss Personality and Paballo Mokapela, also from Bloemfontein, received the charity choice award. Saturday’s leg of the beauty pageant was exclusively for unmarried curvy contestants. The pageant, originally only for unmarried women, now also has a category for married women and teenagers.“This beauty pageant, exclusive to the curvy women who were excluded for centuries, is gradually gaining popularity,” said Chief Leeuw, national director of the World Plus pageant franchise.“I am happy for the second edition of the competition and with the support of partners.With the partnership of Express, I believe the pageant will grow in leaps and bounds – not only in South Africa, but internationally. We are looking to grow the initiative and turn it into a big brand.” Express is the print media sponsor of this pageant.