South Africa – currently the top pageant country in the world – is looking for the magic double at Miss Universe as Tamaryn Green reveals two of her pageant outfits
Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green revealed two of her pageant outfits today – including her breath-taking official national costume which pays homage to the Blue Crane – as she prepares to compete in the Miss Universe competition.
Miss Universe 2018 takes place on Monday, December 17, in Bangkok in Thailand and South Africans are hoping for a consecutive win as reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Miss Universe is known for only one “double win” in its history – Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza and Stefanía Fernández took the crown consecutively in 2008 and 2009.
Suzette van der Merwe, on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation, announced that South Africa is currently the top pageant country in the world based on wins and finalists in the Top 10.
The 67th edition of the pageant features contestants from 95 countries, surpassing the previous record of 92 contestants in 2017, and is watched by millions of people around the globe.
Twenty-four-year-old Green, from Paarl in the Western Cape, was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 in May this year. At the time of winning the title, she was a sixth and final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics once she qualifies.
Green explains how her preparations for Miss Universe are going: “The training is going very well. There is a lot more that goes into it than people think. It requires mental, physical and emotional preparation which includes practicing hair, make up, styling, public speaking, keeping fit and so much more. However, I am confident that I will do South Africa proud and will give it my all. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful and vibrant country on a global platform.”
Green will continue to promote her #BreakTheStigma at Miss Universe: “The campaign has been very successful so far at raising awareness around TB. I travelled to New York in September to speak at the first-ever UN General Assembly high-level meeting on tuberculosis and was also invited to speak at the Union Conference on Lung Disease at The Hague. Talking about my story and my battle with TB has encouraged so many to speak up about theirs.”
Green’s national costume, which she revealed at her farewell, was designed by Malikah Hajee and Lloyd Kandlin and their team at The Costume Department, while Galluzzi e Gini has designed a number of her outfits including the farewell gown.
Hajee explains that The Costume Department took inspiration for the show-stopping national costume from South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane: “More than 1000 bluish grey and black feathers have been hand placed on the costume and resemble underwing feathers. The headpiece is encrusted with crystals depicting the beak. The custom feather print fabric is designed locally. The structured, tailored jacket is reflective of the esteem that blue crane feathers are held in within some African cultures such as Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele. Chiefs were bestowed with the honour of wearing blue crane feathers for their acts of bravery and hunting prowess.”
Galluzzi e Gini has designed Green’s farewell dress, her preliminary dress as well as the finale dress for Miss Universe.
“Working with her has been incredible and she has been the biggest inspiration for the designs we are creating. Tamaryn is our idea of the modern 21st century woman; one that exudes confidence, intelligence and beauty, and whatever we put on her we always want her to be the star with simple and clean lines, modern shapes and cuts and silhouettes that highlight her frame and her personality,” they say.
“Inspiration for the farewell gown has been drawn from current trends in fabrics and silhouettes that can be seen on Bella Hadid or Kendal Jenner. This dress is cheeky and sexy, with a lot of sheer elements and cut-outs. We want the dresses to be modern and adaptable so that they can be worn on the red carpet as well as on the stage of Miss Universe.”
Green also revealed The National Gift to The Universe necklace designed by her in collaboration with Jack Friedman Jewellers which pays tribute to her hometown Cape Town.
Pageant coach and fashion stylist Werner Wessels is assisting Green ahead of her departure: “Tamaryn is intelligent, funny, passionate and always gives it her all in any situation. She has been a delight to work with and she’s going to do well on the Miss Universe stage.”
The Miss Universe Pageant will be screened live from Bangkok on DStv on Monday, December 17, at 02h00 (SA time).
Miss World South Africa 2018, Thulisa Keyi, will be competing in the Miss World contest which will be held on December 8 in Sanya, China.