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Miss World 2014 Continues Trend of White Miss South Africa Winners

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World 2014 About a billion people watched Miss South African, Rolene Strauss, become Miss World 2014 on Sunday, making her the third white woman from South Africa to receive the title.

The 22-year-old contestant was all smiles as the dazzling crown was placed on her head during the final in London, but is there something troubling about her victory?

Despite the contest’s extensive history, only three women from South Africa have ever been given the title of Miss World and all of these women were white.

The first South African winner was chosen back in 1958, Penelope Anne Coelen, and the second, Anneline Kriel, was crowned in 1974.

The contest only recently welcomed its first Black African winner in 2001, crowning Nigeria’s Agbani Darego.

The lack of Black winners in the Miss World competition is troubling on its own, but the presence of only white winners from South African is an eerie reminder of the apartheid history that plagued the country for generations.

This system of racial segregation began with the arrival of Dutch settlers in the 17th century.

Today, many Afrikaners, descendants of these settlers, are rallying for an Afrikaner republic separate from the rest of South Africa.

The constant crowning of only white women from South Africa seems to serve as a physical symbol of the country’s apartheid history and the long-standing presence of colonialism.

After being crowned, Strauss said that she hopes to extend the opportunities that she has been given to other people across the country.

“I am what I am today because of the opportunities I have received and I would love to give others the same opportunities; education, the opportunity to be educated, to make healthy choices and also to live their dreams,” she said.

It’s a platform that some may find ironic considering the gap in opportunities that are afforded to white Afrikaners compared to Black South Africans.

There has typically been a stunning lack of support for many Black Miss South Africa contestants.

When the first Black Miss South Africa, Jacqui Mofokeng, was crowned in 1993, Afrikan media sources immediately started criticizing her.

Some said the competition was “rigged,” while others said her victory was an attempt to “blackwash” South Africa.

Afrikan readers mirrored these sentiments and criticized Mofokeng for her “big bum” and “ugly teeth,” while one caller at an Afrikan radio station blatantly said that a Black woman had no place winning the title of Miss South Africa.

apartheidToday, as the hashtag #ProudlySouthAfrican has started trending on social media in celebration of Strauss’s win, the vast majority of the users of the hashtag are white, which sparks curiosity about whether or not Black people in the country are as excited about Strauss’s crowning.

Meanwhile, Miss Hungary, Edina Kulscar, was the runner-up for the coveted title and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came in third place.

Other winners of the night included Miss Malaysia, who won the talent competition, and a five-person tie in the Beauty with a Purpose competition.

These contestants are recognized for charitable projects they have launched in their own communities.

The five winners of the category were Miss Brazil, Miss Guyana, Miss India, Miss Indonesia and Miss Kenya.

This year’s event also brought global attention to the violence in Central America after Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, and her sister were fatally shot last month.

Authorities believe the sister’s boyfriend was behind the shooting and suspect that his motive was nothing more than sheer jealousy after seeing his girlfriend dancing with another man at a party.

In the midst of the killing, Miss World chairwoman Julia Morley said that Strauss and other contestants will be traveling to the country to build a school in the sisters’ honor.

“We hope that it will really start to impress on the people in Honduras that the violence, and hurting people like those two innocent women… maybe they can think again before they take a gun,” she told AFP.

 

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22 thoughts on “Miss World 2014 Continues Trend of White Miss South Africa Winners

  1. Arcy Sone says:

    Miss universe don't mean nothing and we know who the queen of the universe is. Let them keep trying to lift up their severely unsecured people with these fake, no good, irrelevant award.

  2. David Keyter says:

    O my word your understanding of South Africa or Miss South Africa is pathetic.Only a small percentage of white South Africans want segregation and we are trying to make a fully integrated non racial society.Many Miss South Africans after the end of Apartheid have been black, with mixed race and Indian representation as well in fact this year both runners up was black and a black girl will represent us in Miss Universe. Stop judging on a country you know nothing about , we still have a long way to go but ignorant pricks like yourself isn't helping us as a country.Rather worry about the race gap in your own country that has been all over the news and leave us alone.

  3. Behr Champana says:

    Yes- this article is very wrong and very unbalanced. Go. Raise hell elsewhere.

  4. Don Deon says:

    Oh dear, does no one want to play with you? Shame. Maybe if you stopped racialising everything people might want to sit next to you… booo hooo hooo. Seriously – black civil rights has poo pooed its pants once to often so find another angle to get an unfair advantage and handout!

  5. Don Deon says:

    I am proudly part of that minority who sees the destruction of culture, languages, nations, religions, in this mad dash for the so called moral One World State! Africa has 7,000 tribes, 2,300 languages YET ONLY 54 countries???? How many millions have been killed to achieve this remarkable socialist totalitarian statistic? Ask the Fabian Society…. wake up – the MultiCULT is a sham and it is failing worldwide… Respect for each other does not mean throwing everyone into one big brown melting pot!

  6. Makes you wonder why some people are so race obsessed?

    There should be a Black US president in the US, but not a white Miss Universe in Africa. (Yet the black ones is ignored)

    #Blackhypocrisy or shall we call it ROCD – Race Obsessed Compulsive Disorder? OR Inferiority Complex in short.

  7. Makes you wonder why some people are so race obsessed?

    There should be a Black US president in the US, but not a white Miss Universe in Africa. (Yet the black ones is ignored)

    #Blackhypocrisy or shall we call it ROCD – Race Obsessed Compulsive Disorder? OR Inferiority Complex in short.

  8. Absolutely anything gets turned into a race thing, its starting to get blatantly dumb now.

  9. Clayton Richard Delport says:

    You are a pathetic white hater, people like you deserve nothing good in life as you are the reason this country is devided. Have you ever thought that the other contestant were not good enough, of wait look at every takeover in our country , good enough was never a thought.

  10. Clayton Richard Delport says:

    And the people who judge this contest are not South Africans and are not all white you low life wanker

  11. Maryna Van Der Walt says:

    Please do your homework – the NEW South Africa is already 20 years old, how long will you still play the race card? Is it going to be like Africa, the Belgiums, France, etc is out of those countries and still its colonialism's fault – I'd rather think its incompetence. Miss Strauss is really unbelievably beautiful and she has brains

  12. Maryna Van Der Walt says:

    Please do your homework – the NEW South Africa is already 20 years old, how long will you still play the race card? Is it going to be like Africa, the Belgiums, France, etc is out of those countries and still its colonialism's fault – I'd rather think its incompetence. Miss Strauss is really unbelievably beautiful and she has brains

  13. Ryan Wilson says:

    Racist website. Why don't all write an article about all the white South African farmers being murdered by blacks? Idiots!

  14. Levi Caffrey says:

    “I am what I am today because of the opportunities I have received and I would love to give others the same opportunities; education, the opportunity to be educated, to make healthy choices and also to live their dreams,” she said.

    It’s a platform that some may find ironic considering the gap in opportunities that are afforded to white Afrikaners compared to Black South Africans."

    She credits where she is solely to the opportunities she had, and she wants everyone in South Africa to have those opportunities.

    How exactly is her platform ironic? Sounds to me like she acknowledges what you said and wants to change that.

    It also sounds to me like you're bitter and biased when you manage to find that statement "ironic".

  15. Why are any of the Dutch settlers who started apartheid allowed to live.. This is Africa and they should to coin and american republican phrase…" TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK!!!!!"

  16. Why are any of the Dutch settlers who started apartheid allowed to live.. This is Africa and they should to coin and american republican phrase…" TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK!!!!!" Nelson Mandela failed miserably!!!

  17. Don Deon says:

    Horace Guthrie Because quite simply Apartheid killed very few people. Mandela and his regime have killed 20 times more people than Apartheid ever did! You been duped dude… but hey – I can walk on water and you still won't believe me… you been programmed… IT WAS NEVER THEIR COUNTRY! There were no blacks in Southern Africa when whites arrived – FACT! Just the bushmen. When you going to give America back to the Indians and return to Africa you hypocrite?

  18. Ryan Wilson says:

    Thanks for making all the stereotypes factual!

  19. Wanker – Horace Guthrie , you dumb fking idiot, I honestly wish all the so called white friends see what you post as you have a chip on your shoulder to think africa belongs to blacks? Nothing more than a pig……

  20. Ryan don't try and debate this piece of crap, he is nothing more than a fake, his children look like Oreo kids, his profile picture looks like a smug retarded dumb ass, and then he still pretend a to have white friends, to bad his slave mother never aborted him.

  21. Horace Guthrie yes, after all, places like Zimbabwe and South Africa are doing wonderfully being ruled by themselves, right?

  22. Horace Guthrie I see you spammed this thread with your punk hateful comment.

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