By Kaya 959 Entertainment
If social media polls are anything to go by then South Africa’s Natasha Joubert is a hot favourite to take the Miss Universe title.
Joubert will join a bevy of beauties all competing for the coveted title on May 16 in the United States.
This will be the 69th edition of Miss Universe competition and will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Hollywood, Florida, in the US.
Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins which has only happened once before in the history of the pageant.
Natasha Joubert is doing us proud there by Miss Universe, we honestly will place and may just take this crown again 😍.
— Vuyolwethu Dubese (@VDubese) May 11, 2021
Can SA make it a “double win”?
The Miss Universe pageant is known for only one “double win” in its history – Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza and Stefanía Fernández took the crown consecutively in 2008 and 2009.
Beauties from 74 countries and territories are expected to compete.
The show will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo; Lopez last served as host during Miss Universe 2007 while Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012.
South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Tebow (Nel-Peters – Miss Universe 2017) will serve as an expert analyst. American rapper Pitbull will perform.
Joubert working hard
Joubert says she is working extremely hard in the run-up to the finale.
“My preparations started when I was crowned Miss Universe South Africa last year. I have been looking forward to this event from the moment of my crowning and will carry the Miss Universe South Africa title with pride.”
Joubert adds, “I know I have big shoes to fill but Zozi and Demi have inspired me and given me great advice. I will go out there and give it my all – the preparations have gone well. I just want to thank all South Africans for their fabulous support. The messages I have received mean the world to me.”
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Commenting on Joubert’s preparations ahead of the pageant, Miss South Africa creative director Werner Wessels, says it has been the most incredible experience working with Natasha and seeing her growth and commitment towards becoming the best version of herself as has been evident by her participation at Miss Universe.
“We, as the Miss South Africa Organisation, are so proud of her and how she is competing to get that elusive back-to-back crown for South Africa,” he said.
South Africans are encouraged to download the Miss Universe official app and vote Natasha into the Top 21.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International, Brand South Africa and the City of Cape Town.
The Miss Universe pageant takes place on May 16 in the US (02h00 to 05h00 on May 17 SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) and replayed in prime time (details to be announced later).