Former Miss SA and Miss Universe of 1978, Margaret Gardiner, seems to have not only made time stand still, but she is also doing great things.

She started by making history then went on to achieve amazing things while still looking as fashionable and beautiful as ever.

Here are five amazing things you may have not known about our ex beauty queen.

1. She was the first South African to win Miss Universe

Margaret Gardiner made history when she became the first South African woman to win Miss Universe in 1978. She was only 18 years old. How amazing!

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Margaret Gardiner when she was 18 and now. (Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner)

2. She is a journalist and the fashion editor of

Margaret is a television and print journalist based in Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Charleston.

She is also the fashion editor of the renowned Golden Globes. Margaret is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that votes on as well as hosts the Golden Globes. Impressive!

Margaret Gardiner at the Golden Globes
At the Golden Globes! Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner

3. She does fun & easy activities to stay fit

Since the start of lockdown, this beauty has chosen to do easy and fun activities to stay in shape.

Some of the things she loves to do include biking, hiking – she loves nature – and taking walks on the beach, light exercises as well as swimming.

“Focus on health, not image” is her motto. Yes queen!

Margaret Gardiner  stays active
She stays active. Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner


Margaret Gardiner still rocks her swimwear!
She still rocks her swimwear! Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner


Margaret Gardiner keeps fit and healthy
Keeping fit and healthy Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner

4. She is a trendsetter

Margaret is a true definition of style and always says she loves wearing clothes that feel good on her and her skin.

“I want comfort, ease, laughter, soft fabric against my skin,” she said in an Instagram post.

She can go from elegant to quirky and even chic with ease and look good doing it. Margaret also loves sharing outfit ideas with her fans on her Instagram page. A true fashionista!

Queen of style Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner

5. Margaret Gardiner loves to empower and inspire

As a women’s advocate, Margaret loves to inspire and empower. Some of her inspiring messages focus on removing labels society places on women and enjoying life’s precious moments.

“Isn’t it interesting that people still box and label women. You can be good at your work. Hold a degree. But if you show interest in your outsides – say – fashion – you are seen as less able. The bias that suggests people cannot be an advocate of women and also wear a mini is very much about boxing people and reflects more on the person implying lack than those who straddle multiple areas of interest. I very specifically embrace my abilities in multiple areas, including style,” she said on Instagram.

“Don’t let anyone define you. Be you. You are enough.”

“The joy of life is finding things to smile about. Sometimes you just need to stand still and see beauty and smile,” Margaret shared in another post.

Image source: Instagram @margaret_gardiner


Inspiring indeed!

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