Miss SA top 5 finalists talk hair


Looking for some hair inspiration? We share some excerpts from our top 5 Miss SA finalists – found in DRUM Hair magazine – as they talk about hair and what makes them feel confident and beautiful. Be inspired on your journey to being authentically you and get to know some of our lovely ladies here.

Kgothatso Dithebe (24), Centurion

She says: “Being yourself and being confident, that’s what being beautiful means. It also means loving who I am and standing up for how I look, which is why I think I’m beautiful because this is how I was created. So essentially, if you believe you are beautiful, then you are beautiful. I would like young girls to know that by being yourself you are rewarding yourself with confidence. Growing up I was teased a lot because of my birthmark, which I call my beauty mark now.

“So even when they feel like they have an imperfection they should embrace it and be proud of who they are. For me, my hair is a part of who I am. My birthmark goes through my hair, giving me a patch of blonde – and that for me makes me unique and beautiful.”


“If fear wasn’t a factor, I would go bald. I’ve had short hair before, but I fear removing all my hair. I would like to see future Miss South Africa contestants embracing who they are and standing up for what they believe, and always being authentic.”

Nompumelelo Maduna (24), Soweto

She says: “For me, beauty means being confident in your skin and knowing your imperfections are perfect. Everyone is unique and different in a special way. When it comes to hair, what makes it beautiful is me being confident in any hairstyle I have on. The best part about being a black woman is that I can change my hair into anything I want. I can go from short hair one day and the next day I have inches galore.

“I would like young girls to know that they shouldn’t compare themselves to anyone else. There’s only one of each person, everybody else is already taken, so one should be confident in their skin because they are unique. I often wear my hair in a bun because it’s so much easier to maintain – my natural hair can be a lot of work sometimes. I also like to cut it all off because it makes me feel bold, plus a different hairstyle every now and then is not a bad idea.”


“My favourite colour is pink, and I would like to try Nicki Minaj’s pink hairstyles. I also like to match my hair with my outfits so if I have pink hair, it means only pink outfits! Yay!”

For their hair tips and more hot takes from the rest of the Miss SA 2019 finalists – and a candid chat with winner Zozibini Tunzi on her crowning glory – be sure to get your hands on DRUM Hair. Our magazine dedicated to all things hair is in stores now – get your hands on all the tips and see how you can win one of 40 fab hair hampers. To secure your copy and have it delivered to your door, email shop@drum.co.za

Happy hair days! 
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