Miss SA dressed in gold and copper for Miss World contest

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The newly-crowned Miss SA Liesl Laurie and her princesses Refilwe Mthimunye and Ntsiki Mkhize.

JOHANNESBURG – Before leaving for Sanya, China for the 65th Miss World competition, we took a look at reigning Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie&39;s dress for the pageant.

Laurie left the country on November 21 to take part in the contest which will be staged at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, where her compatriot – reigning Miss World Rolene Strauss – will crown her successor on December 19.

Laurie’s dress, which is designed by Bloemfontein designer Casper Bosman who also designed Strauss’s dress, is inspired by the idea of a "South African goddess".

Bosman says: “All the pieces my team and I have created have an underlying fantasy element... We have played with a lot of feminine tones for all the main looks…

“Laurie’s national costume will be one of the most expensive ever seen on stage – it uses gold and copper in its design,” he added.

“A pageant dress does not need to be practical – it is about creating the perfect silhouette and shape on stage.”

Before her departure, Laurie said she felt ready for what lies ahead.

“My preparations started when I was crowned Miss South Africa and I know that I am ready for the international stage," she said.

“I feel confident and ready to take on whatever lies ahead. I will show the world the beauty of our special country. We are the country of love and ubuntu and I plan to showcase this every day,”Laurie added.