General Guidelines For Entry Images

What images should I submit when entering?

You need to submit a minimum of two photographs with your entry form – a portrait shot and a full body image. Both MUST be in colour (no black and white images will be accepted) and photographs must have been taken within the last six months.

You will be able to submit more images. However, you will not be advantaged in any way should you submit more than the two compulsory pictures. 

Submit:

1. A clear head and shoulders picture. Try to be as natural as possible with natural make-up. Stay away from heavy or dramatic make-up.

2. Full body image of you standing – this image can be in a beautiful outfit; it is not compulsory to submit a bikini or swimsuit image.

Do I need to have professional quality photos taken?

It is not compulsory to submit professional entry images. The Miss South Africa Organisation is aware of both the cost, and the constraints because of Covid-19, to do a professional photoshoot. However, should you have professional images, you are welcome to submit them. We encourage entrants to not be deterred from submitting images taken using a cellular phone

EXAMPLES OF ENTRY PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON MOBILE PHONES

Miss South Africa 2020 FAQs

How old must I be to be eligible to enter?

An applicant must be at least 20 years old and must be under 28 years of age as of 1st August 2020. This means that an applicant can turn 28 within the year of her reign (starting August 2020).

Do I need a matric qualification and/or a degree?

The applicant should be in possession of a matric certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification. (In the event that the applicant makes it through as a semi-finalist she will be required to provide proof of this qualification). The applicant is encouraged to provide the organisation with details of any further tertiary qualifications, proof of which will be required should the applicant make it through as a semi-finalist. However, it is not compulsory to have a degree or qualification higher than a matric certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification.

Should I have done previous charity work?

No, it is not compulsory to have done charity work.

Can I enter in 2020 if I have already placed as a finalist in previous Miss South Africa competitions?

Yes. An applicant may enter again if she has been a finalist in a preceding year. However, the applicant may not have previously held the title of Miss South Africa.

Do I need a driver’s license to enter?

The applicant is not required to be in possession of a valid driver’s license. However, in the event that the applicant makes it through as a finalist, she may be expected to take steps to attain her driver’s license by the time of the final pageant event (August 2020) due to sponsor requirements.

Do I have to have been born a female to enter?

The Miss South Africa pageant accepts contestants who are transgender. However, they have to be in possession of a South African ID document reflecting that their amended sex is now female.

Can I enter if I have dual citizenship or if I am only a permanent resident of South Africa?

Miss South Africa entrants must be South African citizens and in possession of a valid South African ID document or passport. If an applicant holds dual citizenship, they must provide details of both.

Can I enter if I am in a committed relationship and/or engaged?

The applicant cannot have ever been married (civil nor customary), nor had a marriage annulled. Miss South Africa is also required to remain unmarried throughout her reign. An entrant may be in a committed relationship or engaged. However, she must adhere to the rule of not getting married during the Miss South Africa pre-competition process or during the year of her reign if she wins the title.

Can I be a guardian of a child or have given birth to a child?

The applicant cannot be pregnant, have given birth to or parented a child and not be the legal guardian of any minor.

Can I have visible tattoos or piercings?

There is no restriction in terms of tattoos or piercings.

Do I need any pageant training before entering?

No training is required for an applicant to be eligible to enter. The Miss South Africa Organisation offers professional training to all finalists and the eventual winner. Miss South Africa title holders are well prepared for any of the international pageants that Miss South Africa Organisation holds the license for.

If I have a professional career should I quit my job to enter?

No. You will have to make special arrangements with your employer should you be selected as a semi-finalist or finalist as you will need to be available to the Miss South Africa Organisation for the entire pre-pageant programme. However, the Miss South Africa Organisation will help facilitate the approval process with your employer. Should you be crowned Miss South Africa 2020, you will be required to resign and become an official employee of the Miss South Africa Organisation.

Should I suspend my studies if I want to enter?

No. You will have to make special arrangements with your college or university should you be selected as a semi-finalist or finalist as you will need to be available to the Miss South Africa Organisation for the entire pre-pageant programme. However, the Miss South Africa Organisation can help facilitate the approval process with your learning institution. Should you be crowned Miss South Africa 2020, you will be required to put your studies on hold and become an official employee of the Miss South Africa Organisation.

How big of a financial investment do I need to make in order to enter?

You don’t need to make any financial investment to enter the Miss South Africa pageant – the Miss South Africa Organisation doesn’t want anyone to put themselves into a precarious financial situation. What we want in terms of investment is your commitment and passion!

For how long should I make myself available should I make I through as a semi-finalist/finalist?

Should you be selected as a Miss South Africa 2020 semi-finalist you will be required to ensure your availability for judging from the beginning of June 2020, lasting for a fortnight. All details will be shared by the Miss South Africa Organisation should you make the semi-finals.

If you are selected as a Miss South Africa 2020 finalist you need to be available to the Miss South Africa Organisation for a period of three months – June, July and August 2020. All details will be shared by the Miss South Africa Organisation should you make the finals.