The Top 35 Miss South Africa semifinalists have been announced and the Western Cape boasts five beauties in the running for the crown.
The lucky ladies were selected out of more than 1850 entrants.
The Top 35 is an impressive and diverse group.
Among them are a law student and graduate, a nature conservation graduate, a private banker, an owner of a photography company and a pizza takeaway service owner, a humanities student and a parliamentary officer.
The semifinalists from around the country, Gauteng boosting a whopping 19 contenders (with nine from Pretoria) followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with five; the Eastern Cape and the Free State with two; while Limpopo and the Northern Cape each have one entrant.
Catherine Groenewald, 21, Chuma Matsaluka, 21, Eloïse van der Westhuizen, 23, Hesrie van Heerden, 23, and Nkosazana Sibobosi, 23, will be representing the Western Cape.
For the next fortnight, they will be out to impress this year’s semifinalist round of judges who are actress and motivational speaker Leandie du Randt; broadcaster and Miss SA 2015 Liesl Laurie; former runway model and casting director Andiswa Manxiwa; Miss SA2010 Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala and Women’s Health editor Danielle Weakley.
In the next round, the 35 will be further whittled down to just 16.
The pageant will be held on 9 August at the Sun Arena,Time Square, Pretoria and will also be broadcast live on both M-Net and Mzansi Magic.
The winner of Miss SA will take home R1 million, in addition to a host of other prizes and perks.