‘Give others a chance’: Miss SA fans on Natasha Joubert return
Former Miss SA Top 3 finalist Natasha Joubert has faced criticism for re-entering the competition. This, just two years after representing South Africa at a global pageant.
The 25-year-old placed as second-runner-up to winner Shudu Musida in 2020. In May 2021, Natasha appeared at the Miss Universe pageant on behalf of the pageant.
But many social media users have called out the competition for what they claim is “unfair.”
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‘GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE’
On Wednesday, 24 May, Miss SA announced their Top 30 finalists. And Natasha Joubert quickly stood out as a familiar face.
But many social media users were questioning her return…
@thesoul_singer: “Haibo, she went to Miss Universe. Yhooo, these rules.”
@Phillis_Shayi: “They need to make rules not to allow Top 5 to re-enter. I don’t see this being fair.”
@bbmsg: “Please give others a chance, really!”
@bohlokoa711: “Why is she being greedy?”
Natasha Joubert is not the only Miss Sa hopeful returning to the pageant stage. In the Top 30, former contestants who placed in the Top 10 are Jordan Van der Vyver (2020), Keaoleboga Nkashe (2022) and Melissa Nayimuli (2020).
In 2019, Zozi Tunzi re-entered the pageant for the second time, going on to win not only the local crown but the Miss Universe one as well.
MISS SA DEFENDS NATASHA JOUBERT
In 2020, Natasha Joubert placed as second-runner up to Shudu Musida. In May 2021, the B.Com Marketing graduate would represent Miss SA at the Miss Universe pageant.
Unfortunately, Natasha did not make it to the Top 20 finalists.
however, the bubbly brunette is back in 2023, and Miss SA claims it is well within her rights to do so.
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Miss South Africa triplets (L-R) Thato Mosehle, Shudufhadzo Musida and Natasha Joubert
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Pageant spokesperson Janine Walker told The South African: “Natasha wanted to enter again, and Miss SA Organisation rules allow her participation.”
According to the pageant FAQ and eligibility regulations, applicants who placed as finalists in previous competitions may enter again. However, it stipulates: “The applicant may not have placed as a runner-up within the two preceding pageant years nor have previously held the title of Miss South Africa.”