Miss SA 2022, Ndavi Nokeri, has officially passed on the coveted title to the new queen, Natasha Joubert. The Miss South Africa pageant unfolded at the Sun Bet Arena at Time Squares Menlyn in Tshwane on August 13th. It was on this night that Natasha was crowned Miss South Africa 2023, marking a significant moment in her journey.
A 25-year-old model and entrepreneur, Natasha Joubert was no stranger to the Miss SA stage. This year, she made her second attempt to claim the crown, with the introduction of new entry rules earlier in the year. Her determination led her to shine on the stage once again, having previously secured the title of Miss SA runner-up in 2020. Following her achievement, she represented South Africa in the Miss Universe competitions in 2021.
The accolades accompanying the title are not limited to the prestigious crown alone. The new Miss South Africa is set to receive a range of prizes and sponsorships valued at over R3 million.
Adding a unique touch to the crowning, Natasha Joubert became the first Miss SA to wear the exquisite ‘Mowana, the Tree of Life’ crown. This stunning creation was meticulously designed by the dynamic duo behind Nungu Diamonds, Ursula Pule, and her husband, Kealeboga Pule.
Among the formidable competitors vying for the crown in the Top 7 Miss SA finalists were Anke Rothmann, Bryoni Govender, Homba Mazaleni, Jordan van der Vyver, Melissa Nayimuli, Nande Mabala, and of course, Natasha Joubert herself.
Hailing from Tshwane in Gauteng, Natasha Joubert holds a degree in BCom Marketing Management. Beyond her accomplishments, she is the founder and fashion designer behind Natalia Jefferys, a venture she embarked upon at the age of 19. Nature and outdoor pursuits like hiking resonate with her, and she cherishes moments spent with her loved ones.
Reflecting on her journey leading up to the grand finale, Natasha shared her sentiments: “It feels surreal being back and being granted a second chance! I know this is a testimony I need to share and an incredible message: ‘You’re never a product of your circumstances, you’re a product of your choices.’ I felt incredible when I walked out of my interview knowing I wore my heart on my sleeve.”
With her return to the pageant, Natasha aims to embrace new challenges, evolve as a woman, and fully immerse herself in the experience. She expressed gratitude for the second chance and the opportunity to be part of an exceptional group of finalists. As Natasha Joubert embarks on this exciting chapter, her journey as Miss South Africa 2023 promises to be a remarkable one.