In November this year, Bryoni Govender will be the second person of Indian origin to represent South Africa during the prestigious Miss. Universe competition represented.
Kerishnie Naiker, who in 1997 won the Miss. wore the South African crown, in 1998 the top ten of the Miss. Reached Universe Competition.
Last month, Govender was first runner-up in the Miss. South Africa competition named.
She will represent the country in El Salvador in Central America on November 18 during the 72nd annual Miss. Universe competition represented. The competition was last presented in this country in 1975.
Although the Miss SA crown currently rests on Natasha Joubert’s head, this beauty has already participated in the international competition before as she was runner-up of the Miss. SA competition has been designated, and therefore she cannot be eligible to compete again at Miss. Universe to participate.
“Being only the second South African of Indian origin to represent our beautiful country on this international platform is testimony to the fact that it is powerful to be different,” says Govender about her participation.
“I can’t describe how excited I am to have my trip to Miss. Not kicking off the universe, and as this new chapter unfolds I am fully committed to my support of equality for all women in South Africa.
“I like to tackle the gaps in the processes of women’s empowerment by offering mentorship programs that focus on business and leadership courses, entrepreneurial and job training and skill development at the secondary and post-tertiary level of education for girls and women.”
Govender has a law degree from the University of Johannesburg and was admitted as a lawyer in July this year while she was attending the Miss. SA competition participated.
Her father, Deven, is a business owner in the industrial industry while her mother, Shireen, owns a beauty salon. She also has an older brother who works as an organic farmer in Germany.
More about this year’s Miss. Universe competition
Rikkie Kollé from the Netherlands is only the second transgender woman to win the Miss this year. Universe competition participates after Ángela Ponce of Spain’s participation in 2018.
Camila Avella from Colombia and Michelle Cohn from Guatemala are also this year the first married mothers who will participate in the competition after the Miss. Universe organization scrapped the rule preventing mothers from participating.
Pakistan makes her debut at the Miss pageant this year. Universe stage, while Bangladesh, Denmark, Egypt, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mongolia, New Zealand and Norway return to the competition.
Zimbabwe, which last participated in 2001, will also participate in the competition again this year.
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).