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Miss SA makes history by allowing trans women to enter

Miss South Africa (SA)
Thato Mosehle, Shudufhadzo Musida and Natasha Joubert / Supplied

By Kaya 959 News

For the first time in history, transgender women will be allowed to compete in the Miss South Africa pageant.

Organisers of the event said trans women are eligible to enter the Miss South Africa pageant.

“However, in order to be eligible to compete internationally, the contestant must be in possession of a valid South African ID document reflecting that their amended sex is female,” the organisation said in a statement.

Entries open for Miss South Africa 2021 on Monday, May 24, at 5pm and will close at midnight on June 24.

The organisation expects to receive thousands of applications from entrants hoping to take over the crown from current Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida.

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Entry process made easy

A commercial will be played on television and social media platforms.

It features Musida, Thato Mosehle and Natasha Joubert who encourage would-be entrants to “face your power and embrace your future” with the overriding message that they are great women and the leaders of the future.

“We are delighted that the Miss South Africa brand continues to provide a leading voice for the winners but also all the young entrants and finalists who join us as a part of this empowerment platform. We can’t wait to meet the class of 2021 and introduce them to all of South Africa,” said the organisation’s Stephanie Weil.

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The Miss South Africa Organisation continues to make the entry process as easy as possible which means there are no forms to download and no regional auditions to which hopefuls have to travel.

Those who wish to enter can simply visit www.misssa.co.za, fill in a number of questions, upload entry pictures (one head & shoulders and one full body image).

Entrants will also be required to post their introduction video on social media as part of entering by using #MissSA2021 and tagging Miss South Africa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Shudufhadzo Musida heading to Miss World

This year’s Miss South Africa pageant will be held in October when current incumbent Shudufhadzo Musida will hand over her crown to her successor. Miss South Africa 2021 will have the chance to represent her country and compete on the global stage.

Musida, who will be competing at Miss World in Puerto Rico in December, encouraged young women to enter.

“This journey has been one of the highlights of my life – one that I will never forget and will cherish for as long as I live. You too can do it! This platform has not only empowered me, but it has caused a ripple effect that has empowered others too.

“It has empowered a nation of girls just like me, and showed me that all dreams are valid irrespective of your background. My life has been changed forever and the lives of the generations that come after me, so for that – Ndo livhuwa.”

Entrants are encouraged to watch the dedicated “How To” videos that will be released across the Miss South Africa Organisation’s official channels (websites and social media).

They can also check out further details under Miss SA 2021 on the official website.

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