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Miss USA rooted to SA

SA born Miss USA travelled to the country as part of a home-coming trip to see her grandparents.

Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwhether during a visit to Soweto on 23 May 2013

JOHANNESBURG - You can take the girl out of South Africa, but you'll never be able to take Mzansi out of the current Miss USA.

America's reigning beauty queen, Nana Meriweather, visited South Africa this week as part of her official homecoming trip for winning the pageant.

She also spent time with her grandparents who live in Diepkloof, Soweto, and promoted some of her Meriweather Foundation projects.

The South African-born beauty queen, who left the country when she was just three years old, spoke to girls at Lebone High School on Thursday, giving them advice on the importance of healthy living. She told the girls that education helped her parents overcome various obstacles in their lives.

"I believe in empowered education. It's taken my parents out of the plight they were in. My father grew up in America during segregation but he's since become a doctor and is changing so many lives."

She said she chose South Africa for her homecoming trip over Maryland, where she grew up, because this is where her roots are.

"I was born here and with the title of Miss USA we're offered a homecoming trip. I grew up in the DC area but I decided when that was offered to me that I would come to South Africa and bring awareness to how beautiful South Africa is."

Meriweather boarded a plane back to the United States on Thursday night.

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