With the 2018 Miss South Africa pageant still a hot topic in the country, and as people celebrate our newly crowned winner, we look at the black women who took the title years before.
Tamaryn Green was named the 2018 Miss South Africa winner this past Sunday, but after Felicia Mabuza-Suttle posted a tweet about the black ladies that paved the way for women of colour in the pageant, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at those ladies.
Mabuza-Suttle posted about Veronica Motsepe, who won the 1976 Miss SA pageant, which was during the Apartheid time. Motsepe is the sister of Patrice Motsepe and Tshepo Ramaphosa, South Africa's first lady.
Mabuza-Suttle then posted about the other ladies, who along with Motsepe, took the title during a time black people were oppressed. These ladies included Pearl Jansen, Cynthia Shange and Grace Semona, to name a few.
"Queens such as Cynthia Shange, Grace Semona, Pearl Jansen Pinkie Masemola and Veronica Motsepe were crowned as Miss Africa South and went on to represent black South Africa on the Miss World stage. #MissSA2018 #MissAfricaSouth", Lynette Ntuli wrote.
The above mentioned ladies represented black South Africans during a challenging time, and tweeps were inspired by the stories of these ladies.
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