South Africa's Dipolelo Hou, who works as a personal assistant to Free State Sports MEC Mathabo Leeto, was crowned Miss World Plus in Atlanta in the United States.
The pageant recognises plus size women from across the world. Hou, who hails from Thaba Nchu and has won several prizes at a local and provincial level, was competing at an international stage for the first time this month.
Her boss congratulated her for her achievement.
''On behalf of the department, I wish to congratulate Ms Hou for winning several prizes at the Miss Plus World beauty pageant. These titles add to several other titles she has previously won and the department is immensely proud of her achievements. She is a valued staff member of the department and she serves as a beacon of hope and a great source of inspiration for many women in our country, young and old. Her determination and confidence are attributes which have seen her rise above the rest,” said Leeto.
Hou also bagged Miss Photogenic and the Best Pant Wear on the runway at the beauty pageant. She is the first South African to win the world title.
African News Agency Editing by Lindiz van Zilla