Miss South Africa 2014 Rolene Strauss is sharing some insight into what it takes to be a beauty queen

The 27-year-old recently posted a video on her YouTube channel, sharing some of the things she had to give up during her reign.

“I never felt comfortable sharing the things I had to give up because it might seem ungrateful but there were so many things that I have to give up. I love the experience of being Miss South Africa,” she says.

Rolene is one of five former winners who are helping organisers launch the “Miss South Africa Light Up Your Dreams” campaign ahead of the August 9 pageant.

Achieving your dreams takes lots of work and sacrifices – something Rolene is all too familiar with.

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Here’s a look at some of the things she had to give up when she became Miss South Africa


Enjoying her youth to the fullest

“The first thing that I had to give up basically overnight was my youth. I was 21 years old when I got crowned. Before the night it was fine for me to act like a 21-year-old.

“I laughed when I wanted to laugh, I said what I wanted to say… and that was fine because I was just a normal 21-year-old girl. And as soon as I won, I had to leave all of that behind… I basically grew up within a few hours,” says Rolene.



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Her curly hair

Rolene says she had to say goodbye to curly hair when she became Miss SA.

“At that stage it wasn’t okay for me to wear my naturally curly hair to events. It wasn’t necessarily because of what other people thought about me wearing my naturally curly hair. I just felt I’m Miss South Africa, I have to put in an effort to be able to look like Miss South Africa when I go to events… I don’t think I ever wore my curly hair to an event when I was Miss South Africa.”



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