Getting to know the new Miss SA, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

I thought I’d take the opportunity to get to know the new Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Find out a little more about the Sedgefield resident in this Q&A below:

1.    At 21, did you ever think you’d be saying “Hi I’m Demi-Leigh, your new Miss South Africa”? Now that you’ve had some time to rest, how does it feel?
Being Miss South Africa has been a life long dream of mine. My plan was always to first finish my degree before entering Miss SA, which I did last year. I think in my heart I always hoped for this dream to become a reality not realising just how tangible this dream really is. I have definitely not had any time to rest just as yet. I still get emotional every time I watch my crowning moment. Wearing this crown is the biggest honour and also a big responsibility.

2.    It’s still early morning. Are you a tea, coffee, smoothie, or juice kinda person?
Coffee all the way!

3.    What are you hoping to achieve with this title?
I decided that I rather want to focus on a few big projects instead of hundreds of small initiatives. As a B.Com Business Management and Entrepreneurship graduate entrepreneurship truly excites me. I want to help women in South Africa to help themselves by giving them the necessary tools they need in order to start and successfully manage their own businesses.

4.    What’s the one misconception people may have about you?
I feel that people are quick to think that life and success comes easy for someone with a pretty face. I worked hard for every single thing I have ever earned. It took a lot of sacrifice and dedication to get to where I am today.

5.    You’re from the Southern Cape. Tell us two of your favourite spots in Sedgefield and surrounds.
Cloud Nine, the location from where they do hand gliding, is my favourite spot to watch the sun set. It has the most beautiful 180° view of Sedgefield.
I am a total foodie. The Sedgefield Wild Oats Farmer’s Market is my favourite breakfast spot on a Saturday morning.

6.    We all have something weird about ourselves. What’s the one weird thing you have or do that you’re happy to share with the country?
I always speak to my two yorkies, Baxter and Benji, in a Minion voice. For some crazy reason I feel they understand me better that way.

7.    One difficult question for the day. Some think Miss SA isn’t relevant anymore. Why do you think it is?
To me Miss South Africa is a voice to the voiceless, she is a beacon of hope and she is the physical representation of a young South African woman that can make her dreams come true. Miss South Africa is a young woman that relates to a whole country and represents a whole nation. I feel that our country needs people that shine a light on the positive, someone that inspires, loves and cares unconditionally. That is my definition of Miss South Africa and also why I feel she is more relevant than ever.

8.    It’s always unfair to ask who your favourite was, so I’ll go with this instead. Name three of your favourite Miss SA’s of all time?
Melinda Bam, Rolene Strauss and Joann Strauss.

9.    What are you listening to right now?
I actually dug up an old Cat Stevens cd while moving to JHB. It’s on repeat.

10.What’s your favourite guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate or anything salted caramel flavoured.

Demi-Leigh on social media:

Twitter: @DemiLeighNP

Instagram: @demileighnp

Miss SA on Facebook

 

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Miss SA Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

Rolene Strauss is Miss World

22 year-old Rolene Strauss is the new Miss World! The reigning Miss South Africa and medical student was crowned the winner during Sunday night’s live finale from London in the UK. A big congratulations to her. She’s smart, driving and proof that if you set your mind to something, you can fully achieve it if you work hard, play smart and keep your eye on the prize.  Check out the press release below:

MISS SOUTH AFRICA 2O14 IS CROWNED MISS WORLD

Rolene Strauss takes the title

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss has been crowned Miss World, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Anneline Kriel’s reign in 1974.

An ecstatic Rolene beat 124 contestants from around the globe and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win.


This fourth year Volksrust medical student was also the bookmakers’ favourite to win the title and she didn’t disappoint.


In her acceptance speech Rolene said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become reality: “My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it.”


When Rolene won the Miss South Africa title in March this year she said in her acceptance speech that she had goose bumps thinking just thinking about the title.


“In my country we are all here from different backgrounds and cultures but we have one thing in common – we are South Africans. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to represent such a diverse nation.”


Rolene is remembered for her drive, what she brought to the title and how she has represented South Africa not only nationally, but also internationally.


She says: “Not only has the Miss South Africa title taken me places, but I have also learnt from the women who walked this path before me.  Together with my visions and dreams, I can catapult the meaning and relevance of the Miss World title to an even higher level.”


Throughout her reign Rolene has emphasised her passion for health and fitness. “It’s is all about living, loving and giving.”  She has emphasised the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. “We are capable of so much more when we are healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally.


“As I stand before you my dream is now a reality, my journey now at its beginning. I am part of something bigger, part of a beautiful picture painted with different colours, cultures, backgrounds and dreams. We are all part of the painting.”


Say Chief Executive Officer, Jose Dos Santos of sponsors Cell C: “We at Cell C are delighted with Rolene’s amazing win at the Miss World Pageant. As Miss South Africa she has shown the resilience and determination to make a difference in the world and we are convinced that she will prove a wonderful ambassador for the Miss World brand. We also know she is carrying the South African flag with pride. Congratulations!”


It was a sentiment echoed by Graeme Stevens, CEO of Sun International: “Sun International would like to congratulate Rolene on being crowned the new Miss World which is a massive achievement. We are convinced that she will make as superb ambassador and inspire a generation of young girls who wish to reach for a dream.”

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