We caught up with newly-appointed Miss SA 2015, Liesl Laurie to chat about winning, fashion and sushi!
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you heard your name being called out?It felt like Proverb took forever to call my name! (laughs) I honestly can’t tell you, it was like an out-of-body experience. I remember the moment but I also don’t.
Why did you want the title so badly?
I wanted it for myself and I wanted it for my community and I believe I was destined for it. I told the judges throughout the competition that everything I was, I am and what I’ve been through led me to this moment.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 14 year-old self?
To believe. Believe in yourself and even though things don’t seem so easy and everything seems like the end of the world when you’re 14, it’s not. Life goes on, you have to stay determined.
Which piece/dress was your favourite?
I loved every piece because there were so many different elements to each. Thula Sindi's piece was spunky and I had a bit of fun. The bikini and kaftans were amazing too! My Casper dress made me feel like a regal princess from another era and the Avant Apparel was so high fashion, it gave me that sass!
Who inspires you?
Anything and everything around me. Especially people who are experiencing difficulty. You look at someone and assume that everything is OK. I love to listen to people’s stories, if they like to tell me. The elderly ladies at my church – it’s amazing to hear what they’ve been through.
What do you think your ultimate mandate as Miss SA 2015 is?
The kind of legacy I’d like to leave behind, like the many Miss SAs before me, is to be for the people. I don’t want someone to look at me as if I’m on a pedestal and unattainable. Any young girl can walk up to me and ask for a selfie, or ask me anything.
What’s your favourite food?
What makes you blush?
Oooh I don’t know. You’re making me blush right now! (laughs)
What’s the soundtrack to your life?
Yesterday during my crowning, I walked in on We Will Rock You, I loved that. But one of my favourite songs is I Get On My Knees by Jaci Velasquez. It just says that when everything is going wrong, get on your knees and pray about it.
If you could be president for a day, what would you do?
I’d love to give a speech of empowerment and just have a rally day of fun. It’s all about Ubuntu.
What superpower do you wish you had?
I wish I could fly because then I wouldn’t have to walk in heels. (laughs)
What’s your motto in life?
I will never fit in, because I was born to stand.