Cape Town – Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane has taken to social media to express her gratitude to those who have supported her throughout her journey, as she gets ready to take part in the upcoming Miss Universe.
Mswane, who is already in Israel for the pageant, shared a picture from her first Miss SA shoot and thanked her fans for the love she received after she arrived in Eilat where the 70th edition of the Miss Universe is scheduled to take place.
According to Channel24, more than 70 countries are expected to compete in the pageant.
“From South Africa to the Universe I’d just like to express my deepest gratitude for the overwhelming love I’ve received this week. Thank you all so much for embracing me so warmly and making my journey one that’s incredibly special. Ngiyabonga South Africa,” wrote Mswane in an Instagram post.
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Lalela’s reign as Miss SA has been marked by upheaval.
Since it was revealed that she would be competing in the Miss Universe pageant, which is set to take place on December 12, South Africans have been divided about her participation in the International pegeant because of the location.
Some felt that Lalela should have boycotted the pageant because of Israel’s alleged atrocities against Palestinians, while others felt it was best if beauty pageants were not politicised.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo