Miss Universe To Join Miss SA 2021 Selection Panelist

Written by on October 7, 2021

Andrea Meza, Miss Universe Mexico 2020 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the 69th Miss Universe Competition® on May 16, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Supplied image

Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza, will this month fly to Cape Town to take her place on the selection panel for the spectacular Miss South Africa 2021 finale. Meza will be joining the all-women line-up panelist that includes a number of respected and influential personalities.

These personalities include: Miss Universe 2015, TV personality, model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; former Miss South Africa title holders Basetsana Kumalo (1994) and Tamaryn Green (2018); actress Shannon Esra (The Queen); vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town Mamokgethi Phakeng and radio and TV presenter Dineo Ranaka.

Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on Saturday, October 16, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. The event will be screened live from 17h00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) and streamed online for an international audience on MissSA.live with extra highlights and exclusive content.

Andrea Meza, a model who is also a software engineer, became the third Mexican woman to hold the Miss Universe title when she took the crown in May this year. She had previously been crowned Mexicana Universal 2020 and Miss Mexico 2017 and placed first runner-up at Miss World 2017. This is her first visit to this country.

“I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa – I want to try traditional food (and see if there are vegan variants of it) and hope to visit Robben Island! I am as delighted to be on the Miss South Africa selection panel. I want to see the contestants’ personalities and their presence. I know that an international pageant such as Miss Universe looks for someone who is confident about herself and who is unafraid to break the mould.  My advice to them is to live in the moment because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do what feels right for you, don’t change who you are because you want to fit in. Embrace your uniqueness!”

Miss Universe Andrea Meza. Supplied image.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is also delighted to be making her first visit to South Africa: “There is just so much I am looking forward to. Aside from Miss South Africa itself, I’m really hoping I get the chance to explore. It’s always been one of my dream destinations.”

She is also thrilled to be on the selection panel: “I think more than the crown, something I wish people would remember about me is that it took me three tries to get to Miss Universe. In ‘pageant time’, that’s considerably long. My journey taught me a lot and I think I can bring a unique take having been in these ladies’ position three consecutive times.

“My advice for the finalists is as clichéd as it sounds – you are you and that is your superpower. I know it’s easier said than done, but I think it’s so important to remind yourself to let the real you shine, instead of trying to portray someone on stage who you think the people and the selection panel want to see. You are part of the Top 10 for a reason. Embrace that. Having been in pageantry for quite a while made me realize that what’s inside of you matters just as much as what the audience is seeing on the stage.”

Miss Universe 2015, TV personality, model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Supplied image

Miss South Africa 2021 will take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth more than R4 million. The Top 10 competing for the crown are Bianca Bezuidenhout, Catherine Groenewald, Cheneil Hartzenberg, Jeanni Mulder, Kaylan Matthews, Kgothatso Dithebe, Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima, Tiffany Francis and Zimi Mabunzi.

Limited general access tickets for the Miss South Africa 2021 finale show are now on sale on https://misssa.live/ Those buying tickets have to either:

Have a valid negative Covid PCR test to present upon entry at the arena. Testing can be done with their trusted Covid testing partner Testaro Mobile Nurses. Use Code: “Miss SA” to get a discount on your test.

Or be fully vaccinated and present a vaccination proof card.

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International and the City of Cape Town.

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