Miss SA takes the Miss World crown!

By Kirstin Buick
14 December 2014

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss is the new Miss World.

The homegrown beauty wowed the judges in London and beat out more than 120 other contestants to take home the crown, with billions of viewers watching her from around the world.

'My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it'

The 22-year-old medical student, originally from Mpumalanga, is the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Anneline Kriel's reign in 1974.

In her acceptance speech Rolene said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become reality: “My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it.”

Throughout her reign Rolene has emphasised her passion for health and fitness. “It’s is all about living, loving and giving.” She has emphasised the importance of women's health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. “We are capable of so much more when we are healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally.

“As I stand before you my dream is now a reality, my journey now at its beginning. I am part of something bigger, part of a beautiful picture painted with different colours, cultures, backgrounds and dreams. We are all part of the painting.”

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