Lalela Mswane of South Africa took the title of Miss Supranational 2022 at the pageant finale at the Strzelecki Park Amphitheatre in Nowy Sącz, Poland.
- Chanique Rabe of Namibia crowned Lalela as her successor at the pinnacle of the event.
- Miss Supranational is considered to be one of the top-3 international pageants.
- Lalela is the reigning Miss South Africa and the 2021 Miss Universe 2nd runner-up.
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In a fairy-tale ending, the 24-year-old from KwaSokhulu in Richards Bay was crowned Miss Supranational, with Miss Thailand taking first runner up at a spectacular 2022 event, streamed live on YouTube. Lalela walked away with the title and $35’000 in prize money.
Representing South Africa against contestants from 69 other countries. Lalela was one of the front runners throughout the build-up to the finale, wowing the judges in the national costume competition which paid tribute to her Zulu heritage and was designed by Cape Town based Lloyd Kandlin, the director of the Costume Department.
I am overwhelmed; at the moment it still feels surreal. I am deeply thankful to all the amazing people who have supported and uplifted me, I couldn’t have done it without them. I want to thank the organisers of Miss Supranational, the Polish people, all my fellow contestants, the Miss South Africa Organisation and my South African fans. This title is not mine alone, it is South Africa’s victory.
// Miss Supranational 2022, Lalela Mswane
Yet Southern Africa has been a strong contender of late. Last year, Miss Namibia, Chanique Rabe, was crowned the 12th Miss Supranational with Thato Mosehle of South Africa taking second runner-up.
We are incredibly proud of Lalela and she really deserved this win. It is a victory for her and South Africa and we can’t wait to see what she is going to achieve on the international stage.
// Miss South Africa Organisation CEO, Stephanie Weil
At the time of winning the Miss South Africa title in October last year, Lalela had graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Pretoria.
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