Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie is a Matchless Diva
Miss World South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie is not only the known name in the world of pageantry, but is also a reverentially celebrated name in entire world. In 2014, when Rolene Strauss won Miss World crown for South Africa and engraved her name in the history, Liesl Laurie too, in Miss World 2015 left no stone unturned to keep South Africa’s esteem intact and luminous.
Being a distinguished model, Liesl paved way through Top Model round, Interview round and Multimedia round effectively, becoming the Continental Queen of Africa and also the Top 10 finalist at Miss World 2015. During the Dances of the World segment, Liesl also performed a folk dance as the representative of South Africa.
In recent years, no contestant has placed high at Miss World grand finale if their compatriot is reigning as the titleholder, but Liesl Laurie proved her buoyancy and valor by proving her charisma in the most enigmatic manner.
In few days, Liesl Laurie will pass on her crown to her successor, who shall then represent South Africa at Miss World 2016. 24 years old, Liesl Laurie comes from Eldorado Park, in Johannesburg and has graduated with a B.Com General Degree from the University of Johannesburg (Soweto Campus).
Subsequent to completing her education, Liesl pursued a full time career in modeling alongside performing many philanthropic and charitable deeds in various NGOs of South Africa. Liesl’s notable work with several non-profit organizations includes projects like “Babies Behind Bars” and “Pilgrim Oasis Community Children’s Outreach”.
Eventually, Liesl also launched her own NGO, “The Pearl Project”, which aims to create a beacon of hope club through motivational and educational workshops for young girls and is held at various schools in South Africa’s communities.
While many pageant enthusiasts across the globe knew Liesl during the crowning of Miss South Africa 2015, very few know that Liesl is not a new face in pageantry. In fact, as a pageant veteran she formerly won the second princess title in Miss Soweto 2010 and Miss Personality and Second Princess titles in Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2014.
When asked what prompted her to join Miss South Africa pageant, Liesl smilingly unfolded the tale of her childhood: “As a little girl I would watch the Miss South Africa pageant and tell myself that one day I would be taking part. I dreamt that I would wear those shiny dresses, strutting my stuff down the runway with that amazing sparkle in my eye and my heart bursting with joy and excitement. I believe everything I am, every obstacle I have faced, and everything I have achieved, has led me to this point. Being Miss South Africa will allow me to reach out to more young people than I am currently able to do. I want to motivate them to rise to the challenge of building a better and brighter future as South Africans.”
The most influential figure in her life is none other than Bokang Montjane, as Liesl believed that small town girls have what it takes to become an ambassador for their country. And her role model is her grandmother. Liesl once opined: “Growing up with her has made me the confident young woman I am today. She has inspired me to be the best possible version of myself by teaching me to believe in myself, to remain humble and to pray. My mother has inspired me by overcoming her drug addiction. She has faced many obstacles throughout her life and watching her go through these obstacles has taught me that it doesn’t matter how far down you fall… you can always get up, dust yourself off and start building again. I salute her!”
Liesl loves spending time with her family and friends, playing board games. As a sports enthusiast, Liesl is the champion of Rummikub. She enjoys going on the road trips and visiting different holiday destinations. She loves to dance and always practices dancing to stay fit, in fact Liesl always performs a spiritual group dance at her church. She is an avid reader, and loves to watch varieties of movies. She also likes baking, cooking, singing, and swimming.
As an inspirational woman, Liesl once opined: “It’s not where you come from but where you are going and never let any situation or encounter define who you are. You are more than your struggle and more than your tragedy. You can be and do anything if you believe in yourself. Don’t ever lose the little girl you are or once were as you grow up. Dreaming makes life beautiful and one day fulfilling your dreams will make life worth it. Finally, never forget to thank God for your blessings. Believe in yourself. Be yourself! My motto is: I will never fit in because I was born to stand out!”
In future, Liesl aspires to be an Editor at “Forbes Woman” and wish to work with the much esteemed designer, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Liesl Laurie is certainly a woman with a multitude talent. An eloquent and motivational speaker, a remarkably fierce model and an overwhelming beauty queen, she is all of it! Not only she filled Rolene Strauss’s shoes in a laudable way, but has also left a legacy for the forthcoming beauty queens in the years to come.
The finale of Miss South Africa 2016 is slated to be held on 19th March 2016 and will be presented by Sun International in collaboration with Cell C. The grand finale of Miss South Africa 2016 will be televised on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) live.