Miss SA Lalela Mswane to compete for Miss Universe despite travel ban

Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane announced that she will still be competing in the Miss Universe pageant despite the travel ban, via an Instagram post today (27 November).

Israel banned travel to and from South Africa after a new COVID-19 variant was detected in the country. Many thought that this meant Lalela would not be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. There has been calls for Lalela to boycott the pageant because Israel has been labelled an apartheid stated due to their treatment of Palestinians.

Tweeps thought the travel ban was a sign from the universe for Lalela to drop out of the pageant but she thought otherwise. The 24-year-old released a statement saying that she will be competing in the pageanton 12 December.

“It is with so much gratitude that I prepare to represent my beautiful South Africa at the 70th Miss Universe competition,” she wrote.

“Being Miss South Africa is not only an honour but also a huge responsibility and I am determined to serve our country proudly in the best way that I can,” she continued.

“I stand today as an empowered woman because of so many before me who fought for our voices to be heard. I feel my duty is to do the same for the women of the past, the women of today and the women to come,” she added.Lalela Mswane 1

Tweeps were displeased with Lalela’s decision to compete in the pageant.


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