16 March 2016
“I am so proud to be sitting here,” said Mrs South Africa Candice Abrahams on her return to South Africa, after winning the Mrs World title in China on 12 March. “My country has been behind me since I won Mrs South Africa and it’s just so good to be home. It feels amazing and I will not let the country down.”
Watch the winning announcement:
“Tonight we stand tall, we stand united and we are proudly South African,” said the chief executive of the Mrs South Africa pageant, Joani Johnson, after Abrahams was named the winner.
Abrahams arrived back home to a welcoming crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni on 15 March.
— Mrs South Africa (@MrsSAPageant) March 15, 2016
Watch a snippet of the press conference on her return:
Posted by Mrs South Africa on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
There were 36 participants in the 27th annual Mrs World pageant representing their countries. Abrahams wore a traditional costume designed by Anel Botha; her evening gown was designed by Werner Dey.
According to the official Mrs World website, all married women, including mothers and grandmothers, are able to participate. “By providing this unique forum, in which delegates from around the world can come together and share a common purpose, Mrs World successfully fosters greater communication, friendship, and mutual understanding among all people,” it reads.
South Africans, proud of her achievement, have sent congratulatory messages on Twitter:
— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 15, 2016
Congratulations Candace Abrahams. Our new Mrs World 2016! South Africa on top again! pic.twitter.com/gbSY7TsTN6
— Jill Nicholas (@JillNicholas01) March 13, 2016
Our very own Mrs World is a flame.
— Thabo (@TouchupRamz) March 13, 2016
South Africa’s Rolene Strauss also elevated the country’s global profile when she brought home the Miss World title in 2014.
South Africa.info reporter