Lalela Mswane, who was just named Miss Supranational 2022, has expressed her joy and gratitude following her glitzy and historic victory at the international pageant on Friday night.
Mswane, 24, represented South Africa with pride by winning the competition following a three-hour final event at the Strzelecki Park Amphitheatre in Nowy Scz, Poland.
She triumphed against competitors from 69 different nations. She was followed by Miss Thailand, Miss Venezuela, Miss Vietnam, and Miss Indonesia.
Mswane on Friday night said she was “excited” at the win, saying “at the moment it still feels surreal”.
“I am deeply thankful to all the amazing people who have supported and uplifted me, I couldn’t have done it without them.
I want to thank the organizers of Miss Supranational, the Polish people, all my fellow contestants, the Miss SA organization, and my SA fans. This title is not mine alone, it is SA’s victory.”
Miss SA organization’s CEO Stephanie Weil, added: “We are incredibly proud of Lalela and she really deserved this win. It is a victory for her and SA and we can’t wait to see what she is going to achieve on the international stage.”
Mswane on Friday cemented herself in history, becoming the first woman of color from SA to claim the title.
She broke a record formerly held by Thato Mosehle, who last year became the first woman of color to represent SA at the pageant, the first to do so under the official Miss SA banner, and the first to make it into the Top 3.