Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza to judge Miss South Africa 2021

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Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
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  • Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on 16 October at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town.
  • Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza has joined this year's selection panel alongside Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Basetsana Kumalo, Tamaryn Green, Sharron Esra, Mamokgethi Phakeng and Dineo Ranaka.
  • "I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa - I want to try traditional food (and see if there are vegan variants of it) and hope to visit Robben Island," said Andrea.


Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza flies to Cape Town this month to take her place on the selection panel for the spectacular Miss South Africa 2021 finale.

The all-women lineup includes a number of respected and influential personalities, with Andrea joined by Miss Universe 2015, TV personality, model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; former Miss South Africa title holders Basetsana Kumalo (1994) and Tamaryn Green (2018); actor Sharron Esra (The Queen); vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town Mamokgethi Phakeng and radio and TV presenter Dineo Ranaka.

Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on Saturday, 16 October, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. The event will be screened live from 17:00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) and streamed online for an international audience on MissSA.live with extra highlights and exclusive content.

Andrea Meza, a model who is also a software engineer, became the third Mexican woman to hold the Miss Universe title when she took the crown in May this year. Previously, she was crowned Mexicana Universal 2020 and Miss Mexico 2017 and placed first runner-up at Miss World 2017. This is her first visit to this country.

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"I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa - I want to try traditional food (and see if there are vegan variants of it) and hope to visit Robben Island! I am as delighted to be on the Miss South Africa selection panel. I want to see the contestants' personalities and their presence. I know that an international pageant such as Miss Universe looks for someone who is confident about herself and who is unafraid to break the mould.  My advice to them is to live in the moment because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do what feels right for you, don't change who you are because you want to fit in. Embrace your uniqueness!" she said.

Miss South Africa 2021 will take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth more than R4 million. The top 10 competing for the crown are Bianca Bezuidenhout, Catherine Groenewald, Cheneil Hartzenberg, Jeanni Mulder, Kaylan Matthews, Kgothatso Dithebe, Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima, Tiffany Francis and Zimi Mabunzi.

Limited general access tickets for the Miss South Africa 2021 finale show are now on sale on https://misssa.live/

Those buying tickets have to either have a valid negative Covid PCR test to present upon entry at the arena or be fully vaccinated and present a vaccination proof card.

Testing can be done with Miss SA's trusted Covid testing partner Testaro Mobile Nurses. Use Code: "Miss SA" to get a discount on your test. 

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