Bryoni govender


Bryoni Govender will be representing South Africa at the Miss Universe pageant which takes place in El Salvador on November 18 this year.

Govender was first runner-up at the 2023 Miss South Africa pageant and was named Miss Universe South Africa.


She will be the first person of Indian heritage to represent the country since Miss South Africa 1997 Kerishnie Naiker.


Govender was born on 17 July 1996 and is from Kempton Park in Gauteng. She has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and was admitted as an attorney in July this year whilst she participated in the pageant.


Govender comes from a small but close knit family. Her father, Deven, is a business owner in the industrial supply space while her mother, Shireen, owns an aesthetic beauty salon. She has an older brother who works as an organic farmer in Germany.

Govender is fully committed to her advocacy on women empowerment in South Africa: “I want to address and remove the gaps in the progress of women empowerment by introducing mentorship programmes focusing on business and leadership courses, entrepreneurial and job training programmes and skills development for all girls and women by partnering up with various corporates around South Africa to host empowerment workshops.”


Five shorts facts about Bryoni:


1. She is extremely adventurous.
2. She used to do tap and modern dancing.
3. She loves watching true crime documentaries.
4. She enjoys painting in her spare time.
5. She hates raisins.




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