South Africa – currently the top pageant country in the world – is looking for the magic double at Miss Universe
as Tamaryn Green this week revealed two of her pageant outfits to select guests and press at an exclusive event. As I am currently travelling out of the country and was not able to attend the event in person, I share the information and images that the Miss South Africa Organisation with me.
Miss Universe 2018 takes place on Monday, December 17, in Bangkok in Thailand and South Africans are hoping for a consecutive win as reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Miss Universe 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.
Suzette van der Merwe, on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation, announced that South Africa is currently the top pageant country in the world based on wins and finalists in the Top 10.
Twenty-four-year-old Green, from Paarl in the Western Cape, was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 in May this year. At the time of winning the title, she was a sixth and final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics once she qualifies.
Green explains how her preparations for Miss Universe are going: “The training is going very well. There is a lot more that goes into it than people think. It requires mental, physical and emotional preparation which includes practising hair, make-up, styling, public speaking, keeping fit and so much more.
She is working with pageant coach and fashion stylist Werner Wessels: “Tamaryn is intelligent, funny, passionate and always gives it her all in any situation. She has been a delight to work with and she’s going to do well on the Miss Universe stage.”
Green will continue to promote her #BreakTheStigma at Miss Universe: “The campaign has been very successful so far at raising awareness around TB. I travelled to New York in September to speak at the first-ever UN General Assembly high-level meeting on tuberculosis and was also invited to speak at the Union Conference on Lung Disease at The Hague. Talking about my story and my battle with TB has encouraged so many to speak up about theirs.”
Green’s national costume, which she revealed at her farewell, was designed by Malikah Hajee and Lloyd Kandlin and their team at The Costume Department and pays homage to our national Blue Crane, while Galluzzi e Gini has designed a number of her outfits including the farewell gown.
Green also revealed The National Gift to The Universe necklace designed by her in collaboration with Jack Friedman Jewellers which pays tribute to her hometown Cape Town.
The Miss Universe Pageant will be screened live from Bangkok on DStv on Monday, December 17, at 02h00 (SA time).
Miss World South Africa 2018, Thulisa Keyi, will be competing in the Miss World contest which will be held on December 8 in Sanya, China.
The press release containing the information and all images were supplied to me by the Miss South Africa Organisation.