Friday, December 19, 2014

Ziphozakhe Zokufa takes over Miss South Africa title

When Julia Morley, President of Miss World, announced that Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, had won the Miss World Competition, it also had an impact on the Miss South Africa Organization. Like Miss World, Miss South Africa is a full-time job. As Strauss will be based in London for the year of her reign, first runner-up, Ziphozakhe Zokufa (23) has now been called upon to take over the title of Miss South Africa.

Zokufa was in Hong Kong when she heard the news and had to rush back to South Africa immediately. The 1.75m beauty was a hot favorite to win this year's Miss SA title (along with Strauss) and fans are delighted that Zokufa will also get the opportunity to reign. She will hold the title until 29 March when she will crown Miss South Africa 2015 at Sun City. Among her duties will be representing South Africa at the next Miss Universe Pageant on January 25 in Doral, Florida.
So happy for Zipho! She's stunning too and I'm glad she got to wear the crown. What an amazing year for South African beauty pageant fans!

Eye For Beauty Blog's Interview with Sunday Tribune/Argus

Eye For Beauty Blog was honored to be part of a very special article by journalist Buhle Mbonambi. The article was published on Sunday, December 14 - the very same day that Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014. I was also honored to be part of a very special article about the Miss SA Pageant written by the very talented Buhle earlier this year. Enjoy the special article about Rolene at Miss World by clicking on the pics below:

Courtesy of the Sunday Tribune!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Miss World 2014: Crowning Photos

Last night, South Africa finally won their first Miss World title in forty years after having come so close on several occasions. Rolene Strauss was named the winner of the 64th Miss World title by Julia Morley, President and CEO of Miss World Limited. The new Miss World will work alongside Mrs. Morley for Miss World's Beauty With A Purpose Charity. The reaction from South Africa has been phenomenal as the nation celebrates their third Miss World title. Penny Coelen won in 1958 and Anneline Kriel assumed the title in 1974 when the winner resigned. Eye For Beauty Blog would like to congratulate the new Miss World and we are so excited to see her start her year as Miss World.

Photos courtesy of AFP/Leon Neal!

Miss South Africa wins Miss World 2014

Miss  South Africa , 22 year old Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 moments ago in London. She is the third Miss World from her country and the first since 1974. The new Miss World will spend the next year of her life representing the Miss World Organisation around the world and will be based in London. The first runner-up was Miss Hungary and the second runner-up was Miss United States. The top 5 were completed by the contestants from England and Australia .

Misses India, Guyana, Brazil, Kenya, and Mexico made it to the top 10. Thailand was the 11th finalist as winner of the People's Choice Award. The top 25 were completed by the delegates from Bolivia, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Sudan, Vietnam, Finland, Ghana, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago .

Miss Bosnia and Herzegovina was awarded the Miss World Top Model title while Miss Sweden won the Beach Fashion Award. Misses India, Guyana, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia were awarded the Beauty With A Purpose title. Miss United States was named Miss World Multimedia and the People's Choice was MissThailand . Miss Finland won Miss World Sports and Miss Malaysia was named Miss World Talent.

So so so happy! Congratulations Rolene. You deserve this!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Miss World 2014 Review: South Africa - Zimbabwe

The 64th Miss World will be crowned on December 14 in London, England. 121 beauties from all over the world are competing for the title. The winner will be crowned by outgoing Miss World, Megan Young from the Philippines. After keeping an eye on the pageant for the last 3 weeks, here are our thoughts:

****** : Miss World crown contender
***** : Possible top 5 finalist
****: Top 10 contender
***: Top 20 contender
**: Likely to miss the cut or an outside shot
*: Will probably miss the cut

Regardless of the outcome this Sunday, Rolene is MY Miss World 2014. She has not put a foot wrong since she arrived in London. Her beauty, elegance, intelligence, class are all apparent qualities but it is also impossible to miss her compassion, kindness, and selflessness. We need someone who can match the high standard set by Megan Young and Rolene is the only one who can do that in my opinion. She will be a dream to work with for the Miss World Organization and if she doesn't get crowned, they will be the ones who miss out on an amazing title holder. I believe she SHOULD be the next Miss World.


South Sudan seems to be a firm favorite of the Miss World Organization. Awien is statuesque and pretty but I prefer Namibia and South Africa, even Kenya. But she could pull and upset and be one of the top bets from Africa.


There's no denying that Spain fielded another gorgeous delegates. She is not as hotly favored as last year's girl though. I think she has the beauty but she's lacking something, probably the charisma and charm of her predecessor.


Sri Lanka has sent one or two impressive delegates in recent years and this year's candidate is also above average. I don't think she has a shot at making top 20 but she's a competent delegate.


Miss Sweden has a typical Scandinavian girl-next-door type of look. She's very young and raw. The glory days of Sweden are long gone and I'm not sure if Olivia could change that.


I have to say that Dijana is a better bet than the girl who won Miss World Switzerland and then resigned for unknown reasons. I doubt that will be enough to advance to the next round but I think she did well.


I think Happiness is quite cute and she did a great job representing her country. I have liked her since she was chosen as Miss Tanzania a year ago. Still, I think there a handful of ladies from Africa who are stronger than her.


Miss Thailand was one of the hot favorites before the start of the pageant but she has not quite lived up to the expectations fans had for her. Yes, she is beautiful enough but she is not the crown contender we all anticipated her to be. She should do well in Thailand, Beauty With A Purpose and People's Choice though.


I think Sarah Jane is stunning and she represented her country so well. She is in a tough region with candidates like Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico but she has held her own. I won't be surprised if she makes it to the top 10.


Wahiba's country can be proud of having an elegant and sophisticated lady representing them. She is good representative for her country.


Miss Turkey, Amine, is a sultry beauty with exotic good looks. She was one of my top 3 before the start of the pageant but I am not so sure if she will crack the top 5 anymore. She almost seem too reserved and demure. She is gorgeous though.


After missing a few days, Leah made it to London during the second week of the competition. I am glad she did and to her credit, she looks polished and lovely. She is one of my favorite representatives from her country in recent years.


Compared to previous delegates from her country, she's not as absolutely stunning but she is beautiful. She also seems like a nice down to earth girl.


She's intelligent, well-spoken and well-prepared for this. She also did well in the Talent Challenge. Elizabeth was crowned Miss United States in July and it was announced then that her director was awarded the Miss World franchise. Next year they will start staging a Miss World United States Pageant. Will they get a little welcome gift from the organization. I think a top 10 slot could be waiting for Elizabeth.


There have been much more competitive delegates from Uruguay. I think Romina doesn't quite compare to them.


The US Virgin Islands aren't exactly known for their pageant success. Last time around in London, they did very well. This time they probably won't achieve the same feat but Aniska is a competent representative of her country.


Yes, Debora is tall and elegant. She is pretty too. The big problem is she looks too mature. I think the Miss Venezuela Organization need to start looking for girls who will suit the Miss World look better. They should know what the MWO is looking for by now.


I expected a bit more from Miss Vietnam. She is not as good as I thought she'd be.


Alice seems to be the least favored British delegates. I guess it will be a while before they find someone like the first runner-up from Wales at Miss World two years ago.


Miss Zimbabwe was crowned. Then she resigned. Then another Miss Zimbabwe was crowned after an impromptu pageant. Then she got dethroned. Which resulted in Tendai, a runner-up from the original pageant, being the official representative this year. DRAMA! Even though Tendai initially turned down the chance to be Miss Zimbabwe, it was written in the stars for her in the end. I am sure she is happy that she decided to accept the title after placing in the top 20 of Top Model.

Photos courtesy of Miss World Organization!