To say the dress was not well received would be putting it mildly! Radio DJ Ursula Chikane had this to say:
How do you put your best foot forward as Miss SA when you're having to wear what looks like a box of smarties has melted over wheatbix. No.. — Ursula Chikane ? (@UrsulaChikane) November 5, 2014
Fellow South Africans, we simply cannot allow that fashion faux pas to represent us. Who will #SaveMissSA from the #DreadfulDress? — Ursula Chikane ? (@UrsulaChikane) November 5, 2014
I don't understand why Tata's face has to be part of that mess. — Florence Masebe (@FloMasebe) November 5, 2014
Previous Miss SA costumes. pic.twitter.com/TbOART4FL3 — Florence Masebe (@FloMasebe) November 5, 2014
@RoleneStrauss @PalluSA So cool, love it! And a beautiful woman too. — Marina Nieuwmeyer (@Euronovel) November 7, 2014
Rolene herself was one of them. "How vibrant is my #MissWorld2014 National Costume?" she captioned social media posts of herself in the gown. The dress was made by students at the Cape Town Fashion design College.