The countdown for Miss South Africa 2018 has finally kick started, here are some of the finalists who have the potential to be crowned as the country's beaut.
Bryoni Govender is a 21-year-old LLB Law student at UJ. She's from Kempton Park in Gauteng. Govender, who started modelling at the age of 14 entered the Miss South Africa competition to fulfill a childhood dream she's always had.
She is a tap dancer who also loves reading and baking and lists Aishwarya Rai as one of her role models and the one person she would like to meet.
Her message to other young women: “Love everything about yourself and be willing to try new things, face challenges, work harder and excel beyond your expectations.” Her favourite meal is lamb curry and rice.
Thulisa Keyi graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BComm Accounting and PGDA and is doing her articles to qualify as a chartered accountant.
The 26-year-old lives in Fourways but is originally from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.
She is one of four children and says her mother has been her pillar of strength since her father was killed when she was 17. She loves exploring new restaurants and markets in Johannesburg, reads and keeps fit at the gym.
When she was younger, she used to do karate and can still count from one to 10 in Japanese. She loves pasta but her payday spoil is lobster thermidor.
Anzelle von Staden. Picture: Instagram
Anzelle von Staden
Anzelle von Staden is a 25-year-old full-time model from Centurion in Pretoria.
She lost a person close to her from breast cancer and if she won the Miss SA title she would use the brand to raise awareness and sponsorship. She comes from a large close-knit family and is the youngest of 15 grandchildren.
Close to her heart are her three furry children, two Pekinese and a golden retriever called Leo. She’s an outdoors person who likes being active.
For her, nothing beats a traditional home-cooked meal with family and friends - and don’t forget the braai broodjie! She would love to meet tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Margo Fargo is a 25-year-old co-director of a non-profit organisation and part-time model who comes from Heidedal near Bloemfontein in the Free State. In 2014 she was an ambassador for Miss Earth South Africa and was crowned first princess for Miss Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016.
She comes from a “beautiful, crazy and multi-cultural family” and has six siblings. Says Margo: “I grew up playing with my brother’s cars, climbing trees and chasing cattle. I only started wearing shoes when I started Grade 1. I was never the pageant girl. I was the nerd who only worried about homework!”
* The Miss SA 2018 pageant will take place at The Maslow, Menlyn, Pretoria on May 27.IOL