OR Tambo International Airport – Monday, May 3, 2021: Miss Universe South Africa Natasha Joubert left South Africa today to participate in the 69th Miss Universe pageant which takes place in Florida in the US on Sunday, May 16.

South Africans are hoping for a consecutive win as our own reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi will crown her successor at the end of the event.

The Miss Universe pageant is known for only one “double win” in its history – Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza and Stefanía Fernández took the crown consecutively in 2008 and 2009.

Twenty-three-year-old Joubert, a B. Comm graduate, believes she is fully prepared for Miss Universe: “My preparations started when I was crowned Miss Universe South Africa last year. I have been looking forward to this event from the moment of my crowning and will carry the Miss Universe South Africa title with pride. I know that I have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of both Zozi, Tamaryn Green (first runner-up in 2018) and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe 2017).”

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on May 16 in the US (02h00 to 05h00 on May 17 SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) and replayed in prime time. Full details to be announced closer to the time.

South Africans are encouraged to download the Miss Universe official app and vote Natasha into the Top 21.

The reigning Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi – who was crowned Miss South Africa in August 2019 and who, because of lockdown, is the longest reigning Miss Universe – will crown her successor at a glittering event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International, Brand South Africa and the City of Cape Town.