- Shudufhadzo Musida has been crowned Miss SA 2020.
- The pageant took place at The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town on Saturday.
- In a quick Q&A, Shudufhadzo talks about everything from her plans for her reign to her celebrity crush.
On Saturday evening Shudufhadzo Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020.
The 24-year-old hails from Ha-Masia, Limpopo, and currently resides in Johannesburg.
With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria already under her belt, Shudufhadzo is now pursuing a BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
The beauty queen took some time to share a little info about herself with the press in a Q&A statement.
Here's everything you need to know about the new Miss SA
What will you do now that you are Miss South Africa?
I am passionate about mental health awareness and the economic and educational empowerment of women and children - especially in disadvantaged communities. In many disadvantaged and rural communities, mental health is often overlooked and disregarded. As such, destigmatising mental health will be at the forefront of my social initiatives as it provides a healthy foundation for issues such as economic and educational empowerment to be tackled successfully. It is more important now more than ever because of COVID-19 to check in on mental health, especially in the education sector with children having to adapt to so many changes in their daily lives, and more so in disadvantaged communities where poverty has been exacerbated.
What do you love about South Africa?
The cultures, the food, the people - the people are everything. Also, our ability to love and find joy in the darkest of times.
What would like to change about South Africa?
The stigma against mental health and the disregard towards gender-based violence.
Who is a previous Miss South Africa who has inspired you and why?
Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi inspired me to enter because of her grace and her ability to make a statement without straining her voice.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?
Love yourselves first, fight for what you want and for yourself too. But remember fighting doesn't always have to be loud or vocal -- it can be as simple as being silent and choosing to prioritise your peace.
Who are your role models?
My role models include Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Toni Morrison, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Gcuka and Amina J. Mohammed. They are such strong women with so much grace. They inspire me to be better versions of myself.
Tell us a bit more about your family
I live with my mother, Thandi (42) who is a real estate agent, and I have a little sister, Zwonka (13) who is in Grade 8.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I can sing!
What is the No 1 piece of advice that you would give to your younger self?
Describe yourself in three words
Caring, smart, blessed.
What music are you listening to?
Usher, disco, and gospel in the mornings.
What are your favourite TV shows?
Little Fires Everywhere and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
What is your favourite meal?
Who's your local and international celeb crush?
Local crush is Trevor Noah (if he is still considered local) and international is Miguel.
Compiled by Nikita Coetzee