Oi, just got a very unexpected email. Miss SA, Melinda Bam wont be attending the Miss World pageant in August. Instead the First Princess Remona Moodley will be there, representing SA in Mongolia. On the one hand it’s very sad that Melinda wont be able to rep SA, but it’s a great opportunity for Remona.
Melinda has been an incredible Miss SA and she’s one of the nicest people I’ve met in the industry, so I hope her family circumstances are sorted out soon and that she’ll be ready for Miss Universe.
Check out the official press release below:
Miss South Africa First Princess, Remona Moodley will be representing South Africa at this year’s Miss World Pageant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, People’s Republic of China on 18 August 2012.
Melinda Bam the reigning Miss South Africa will not be representing South Africa at the Miss World Pageant due to personal circumstances. While Melinda regrets that she will not be gracing the Miss World stage, she is working closely with Remona in preparation for the competition. ‘I want her to win, and believe she can” says the big hearted Miss South Africa. “Melinda has taken the scary element out of the experience and replaced it with a sense of anticipation and excitement. Her advice has been invaluable,” says Remona Moodley.
Remona Moodley is no stranger to pageants and held the title of First Princess for Miss SA Teen in 2006 and was crowned Miss India South Africa in 2005. Remona is 23 years old and has an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Cape Town. This year, Remona launched the Fund-A-Dream Foundation which aims at sourcing funding for talented young South Africans to prevent financial constraints from stifling their dreams. The campaigns include Educate-to-Motivate, Start-A-Scholarship and See-A-Need, Fill-A-Need.
The Educate-to-Motivate campaign is aimed at providing students with a complete education package. Already, six grade 12 learners from Hout Bay High have received scholarships to the total value of R25 000 and all 660 learners were given a stationery pack to kick-start their year. The Start-A-Scholarship campaign finds companies and individuals to sponsor a young person with a specific talent or goal and the See-A-Need, Fill-A-Need campaign enables young people to promote their needs on the Fund-A-Dream website.
“Remona is a smart young woman set for success,” says Sue Klerck Sun International Resorts Executive. For a month Remona will participate in numerous activities and sightseeing events. We are delighted that fashion designer, Haroun Hansrot has agreed to design her formal evening gown.”
Durban based Haroun Hansrot is known for his fusion of Indian and Western style, and his quality and exquisite attention to detail. “His design will be a perfect foil for Remona’s exotic Indian ancestry,” says Klerck.
Sun International, the license holders of the Miss South Africa pageant, fully supports Remona in her quest to bringing home the crown. “We are extremely proud of Remona taking on this challenge and wish her success in her journey,” says Klerck.