Cape Town – With the Miss Universe pageant taking place in New Orleans this weekend, Miss South Africa 2022 Ndavi Nokeri has been making South Africa proud, as she’s emerged as one of the pre-pageant favourites ahead of the crowning ceremony.
Ndavi was one of five contestants including Evlin Khalifa from Bahrain, Celeste Cortesi representing Phillipines, Anna Sueangam-iam from Thailand and Alicia Faubel representing Spain chosen to do a special shoot for the official makeup sponsor.
“Recap of last nights @missuniverse preliminary show from an audience POV. 😉 @ndavi.nokerii you killed it,” the caption read.
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Ndavi has received major support from many South Africans ahead of the pageant.
“I also appreciate the wonderful support from all South Africans. I will be flying the flag high when I walk onto the Miss Universe stage and I am determined to give it my all, just as I did when I entered the Miss South Africa pageant,” Nokeri said ahead of the pageant,” she told TshisaLIVE.
Nokeri also revealed that she reached out to Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019 winner, for advice to help her feel more confident ahead of the competition.
“My preparations are on track and I’m working hard. Zozi has given me advice that I have taken to heart — to be confident and to be my authentic self,” she said.
South Africa has good track record in the pageant and Ndavi is looking to become just the third South African to win the Miss Universe title after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters-Tebow in 2017 and Zozibini Tunzi in 2019.
Tamaryn Green-Nxumalo won the first runner-up in 2018 and Lalela Mswane was second runner-up in 2021.
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen