Bryoni a Miss Universe leader thanks to women empowerment campaign


Bryoni Govender, runner-up in the 2023 Miss. South Africa competition, has just been named one of the top-10 silver finalists in the Miss. Universe beauty pageant’s Voice for Change project.

Bryoni is currently in El Salvador in Central America for the 72nd annual Miss. Universe competition and will not only find out during the final on Sunday if she won the Miss. Universe title, but also whether she was announced as one of three golden Voice for Change winners.

This project serves as a qualifying round and offers participants the opportunity to hang a project or cause that is close to their heart on the big bell.

The selection committee consists of academics, former Miss. Universe winners, entrepreneurs and welfare workers from right around the world. Winners each receive a R218 000 ($12 000) cash prize.

According to Miss SA competition makes this performance of Bryoni a competitive frontrunner for the Miss. Universe title.

During the Voice for Change event, Bryoni, who has a law degree from the University of Johannesburg and was admitted as a lawyer in July this year, spoke about her women’s empowerment campaign, Her Way Out.

RNews previously reported that it focuses on making South African women aware of their legal rights.

The local beauty has joined forces with the team at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (which has offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town) and plans to deliver talks at legal clinics and schools in rural community halls in particular, educating women on their basic legal rights. light.

“I believe knowledge, or lack of it, is what empowers or prevents women from taking control of their lives. I am a lawyer and have a duty to use my background to assist women and let them know that there is a way out for them,” she previously said about her campaign.

This week, Bryoni unveiled another one of her spectacular dresses for this competition, namely a golden creation, by the designer William de Beer, which was inspired by the country’s rich mineral landscapes.

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Her national costume, an impressive green outfit by award-winning KwaZulu-Natal designer Casey Jeanne, was launched in October and celebrates Bryoni’s Indian South African heritage.

South Africa is one of the world’s top countries when it comes to beauty pageants and maintains an impressive record of former Miss. Universe winners, including Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (now Tebow) (2017) and Zozibini Tunzi (2019), as well as runners-up Tamaryn Green-Nxumalo (2018) and Lalela Mswane (2021).

If Bryoni is the Miss this year. If crowned Universe winner, she will be the fourth South African beauty to achieve this feat.

  • The Miss Universe competition final will take place in El Salvador on Saturday (18 November) and will be broadcast live from 03:00 on Sunday morning on SABC 3 (DStv channel 193).