It could have been the confidence she radiated in the question round or her sparkling smile and natural poise.
Either way Marilyn Ramos (21) walked off with the Miss SA crown and the stunning architecture student of Klerksdorp, North West, hopes to prove she’s more than a pretty face.
YOU’s Gilda Narsimdas chatted to her to find out how it was winning the crown, who inspires her and her passion for forging a bond between the elderly and young people.
Three former Miss South Africas also had a few questions for Marilyn.
Read more in YOU 20 December 2012.