JOHANNESBURG: NEWLY-crowned Miss World, Rolene Strauss, the reigning Miss South Africa, paid tribute to her country following her crowning on Sunday.
An ecstatic Rolene beat 124 contestants from around the globe and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win.
She became the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Anneline Kriel’s reign in 1974.
“My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it,” the fourth year Volksrust medical student, said.
“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.”
Throughout her reign, she 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. My dream is now a reality, my journey now at its beginning.”
Meanwhile, Strauss was showered with praise following her crowning.
Miss SA sponsors, Cell C, and Sun International as well President Jacob Zuma led the praises.
“We are very proud that our very own has earned this prestigious title after months of hard work and dedication. Ms Strauss has demonstrated the capability of South Africans to shine on the world stage,” Zuma said.
Zuma, on behalf of South Africans, wished her the best in her new role.
“We are confident that she will fly the South African flag even higher as she performs her new responsibilities,” he added.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY