Newly crowned Miss Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie, confirmed her motto and even had known beforehand she was going to make it. She described herself as ‘determined and confident’ saying: ‘’I’ve never fit in because I was born to stand out!” She was crowned Miss SA on Sunday night during the glitz and glam event at the Sun City Superbowl.
April 2 nd, 2015
Laurie lives in Johannesburg and has become an activist in South Africa,her home country. She graduated with a B.Com from the University of Johannesburg last year. After graduating, she spent the rest of last year immersed in modelling and working with various Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). Last year June, she launched her own non-profit organization (NGO), named "The Pearl Project", which motivates young girls through educational workshops. She started to compete at pageantry in 2010 and was crowned second princess in the Miss Soweto pageant as well as Miss Personality at the pageant. In 2014 she was second runner-up for the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2014 title. Like most young South Africans, she likes hanging out at the malls with friends, going on road trips, dancing, watching movies, baking and swimming.
A woman of faith
She describes herself as a woman of faith; full of determination to never give up on her dreams “I dreamed and I prayed about it. I’ve always believed that whatever is for me, would be for me.” She had dreamt of participating in the Miss South Africa pageant and intended to use it as a way to reach out to young girls. “My legacy would be to be a Miss South Africa for South Africans, for the people. I want every person to see a little bit of themselves in me. Being an inspiration and a beacon of hope is what I strive for. I want each person to look at me and remember that one can be as great as you want to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination and the dedication you can achieve anything” said Laurie.
Devoted to community service
She felt honoured to receive the prestigious title and showed herself ready to take up the responsibility bestowed on her to make a difference during her reign. She said that: "I am proud to stand here as an ambassador of South Africa and my fellow South Africans."
She also saluted her competitors who helped her grow throughout the journey. She said she wouldn’t have made it without them. She said each of the 11 finalists “are also Miss SA”, but there could be only one ambassador who would represent the country.
Laurie is expected to represent South Africa at the Miss World 2015 to succeed the current titleholder, Rolene Strauss.
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