Miss SA 2017 runner-up Adè van Heerden will be flying South Africa’s flag at the Miss World in China
She will be competing in the pageant as Miss World South Africa 2017 in place of reigning Miss SA Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
Demi-Leigh is unable to attend as she will be taking part in the Miss Universe pageant, which also takes place in November.
She may have been crowned second best at the Miss SA pageant, but Adè is ready to impress the judges.
“I am honoured to be entrusted with the opportunity. I hope that the journey of a brave military doctor and Miss World hopeful can inspire many nations,” she said on Instagram.
Like Demi-Leigh, Adè is more than just a pretty face. She is a medical doctor working for the SANDF, and regularly does charity work.
She will be going up against women from 123 countries.
The 67th Miss World competition takes place at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China on November 18, but the participants will be competing in pageant events from as early as October 21
The contestants will face off in new head-to-head challenge events, and will be split up into 20 groups of six or seven.
They will be competing for an automatic spot in the Miss World Top 40, which will consist of 20 head-to-head challenge winners, five fast-track event winners and 15 selected by the judges.
What are the chances of our two South Africa beauties winning Miss World and Miss Universe? We think they are pretty good!