This is according to a Miss South Africa judge who met the medical student and beauty queen in By fashion designer Paledi Segapo had been a judge on the Miss South Africa panel for three years.
He said Strauss, who is now years-old and holds the Miss World title , was "kind of a late bloomer" and became a strong contender as the competition progressed. Even so, Segapo said Strauss, who was then years-old, was his personal favourite to win in The beauty queens became friends, with Bam wishing Strauss well during the Miss World competition. She was, like, under the radar and then she became very strong. You couldn't ignore her.
Strauss herself has spoken about her experience entering Miss South Africa twice and what she learnt from entering first in and again in Speaking on the lifestyle show Top Billing in June she said, "Dedication.
If you're really passionate about something go after it, just give everything. I remember standing there and when they didn't call my name it was almost like a relief," said Strauss. It was Melinda's year. The competition took place in London with contestants from countries.
The medical student delivered a speech about Miss World at the University of Oxford, as did her competitors. Following the win, Gender Links deputy director Kubi Rama criticised beauty pageants. Radio host Anele Mdoda said, "The first time Rolene met with us and left the room, there was a bit of silence and then we said, 'Boom, there goes our girl.
For me this stood out from the first time I met her," said magazine editor, poet and writer Kojo Baffoe. Giving back "I actually grew up being a very giving person. And to me there is a golden threat between medicine and Miss South Africa. It's all about giving," she said. Strauss will resume her medical studies at the University of the Free State once her tenure as Miss World concludes. Strauss told Barrett she was interested in public health. A spokesperson said the University of the Free State would hold a celebration for Strauss in adding she had made a donation to a university fund.
Crowds of adoring fans and dignitaries, including Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, are expected to greet her.