TOP 35 ANNOUNCED: MEET MISS SOUTH AFRICA FINALISTS FROM GREATER SANDTON
The 2020 Miss South Africa Top 35 are an impressive and diverse group. Among them are two medical doctors, a lawyer, a teacher, a film maker, a singer and a fashion designer as well as models, graduates and students.
These contestants come from around the country – Gauteng has 12 contenders (with four from Pretoria and two from Soweto) followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal with six; the Western Cape with five; the Eastern Cape and Free State with four while North West has two and Limpopo and the Northern Cape each have one entrant. Even Sandton has its representation!
Those 2020 Miss South Africa Top 35 finalists from in and around Sandton include (in alphabetical order):
Gabriella Koopman (23) from Sandton, Gauteng, completed her honours in psychology at Stellenbosch University and is currently tutoring her brother at home and hoping to do her masters in clinical psychology in 2022.
“I believe that I have the leadership qualities and values needed to be an ambassador for South Africa and the skills to make a difference. I want to inspire girls, teenagers and women to chase their dreams. I am aware of the barriers and the challenges to receiving a good education and access to resources. I believe that this is a result of social inequality and economic disparities within our country. I want to use the Miss South Africa platform to start conversations.”
Olin-Shae De La Cruz (26) was born and raised in Claremont, Cape Town, but now lives in Bryanston, Johannesburg. She is in her final year of completing her Bachelor of Business Administration in Media Operations Management degree and works as an account manager for an advertising agency. She is also a netball coach at ActionKidz SA and the co-founder of Swish EP.
“This is the second time I am entering Miss South Africa. I am blown away by the changes the organisation has made since I last entered. I believe the four pillars the organisation has implemented can guide and shape South African women in leaders.”
“All previous Miss South Africa’s are true inspirations but I would say Tamaryn Green has inspired me most. She is such a cute yet fiery woman who shows so much compassion towards other people. As a doctor she is at the forefront of helping fight Covid-19.”
Jordan van der Vyver (24) lives in Durbanville in the Western Cape but grew up in Johannesburg, where she went to Bryanston High School and matriculated in 2013. She currently works as an international model signed with Boss Models South Africa.
“I love to be outdoors and I love to go to cafés with friends. I am artsy, and being creative fulfills me. I recently finished two eight-week courses in calligraphy. I hope to get back into studying soon.”
A 2020 Miss South Africa Top 16 will be announced at a date still to be announced.