10 things to know about Newly Crowned Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida.

Yet another beautiful, intelligent and driven Queen has been crowned. The 24-year-old from Limpopo beat 15 other contestants from across the country to scoop the prestigious crown yesterday at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town

It was a surreal moment for Shudufhadzo Musida as the results were announced last night. “It feels amazing,” Musida said after the event. “It feels surreal because during the whole time, all I could think about was ‘Oh my God, everyone in my village is watching! Everyone at home is watching.”

For those who are not familiar South Africa’s reining beauty queen, here are some facts about the Limpopo beauty native.

Where she comes from:

Musida hails from Ha-Masia in Limpopo, a farmstead and village located in Vhembe District Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Family Life:

Shudufhadzo Musida’s mother, Thandi Musida is a real estate agent and she has a 13-year-old sister, Zwonka.

A BA Honours Student:

She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria, and is currently doing her BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.

What she loves about South Africa:

The cultures, the food, the people – the people are everything. Also, our ability to love and find joy in the darkest of times.

What she would like to change about South Africa:

The stigma against mental health and the disregard towards gender-based violence.

Who are her Role Models:

My role models include Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Toni Morrison, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Gcuka and Amina J. Mohammed. They are such strong women with so much grace. They inspire me to be better versions of myself.

What she like to do in her spare time:

Studying consumes all of my time but when I can, I sing, practice the keyboard and read.

A woman that strongly believes in female empowerment:

In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech, Musida said: “It took an entire village to get me here and I would like to thank all of you for being my village.

“I stand here today as your Miss South Africa with immense pride and joy to be representing such a beautiful nation – one of the first Venda women, but certainly not the last – to become Miss South Africa.

“I stand here as an advocate for educational and economic empowerment of women and children and mental health awareness – honored to be an ambassador of this beautiful nation.

What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa:

Love yourselves first, fight for what you want and for yourself too. But remember fighting doesn’t always have to be loud or vocal – it can be as simple as being silent and choosing to prioritise your peace.

The ultimate prize:

Musida will receive R1-million in cash as well as a further R2-million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year.

For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, Musida, as well as her runners up – Thato Mosehle and Natasha Joubert – will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants.

Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational.

We at Entertainment SA would like to Congratulate the Newly Crowned Queen, we wish her nothing but the best in her journey as Miss SA

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