Miss SA 2014 crowned

Rolene Strauss took the title last night at a glittering event at Sun City's Superbowl.

Miss South Africa 2014 Rolene Strauss with first princess Ziphozakhe Zokufa and second princess Matlala Mokoko. Picture:Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly crowned Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss says she believes she won the pageant because she mirrors the diversity of South Africans.

The 21-year-old medical student was crowned Miss South Africa last night in a glittering event at Sun City's Superbowl.

"Before I was crowned Miss South Africa, I was studying medicine so I am passionate about health and passionate about women and that is a great combination for a Miss South Africa to have."

Strauss also advised any aspiring beauty queens out there to never give up as this was the second time she entered the competition.

"My message to every girl who wants to enter Miss South Africa is that you are able to reach for your dreams and for you to become a Miss South Africa. You shouldn't necessarily see the title as something that can take you places, you should go with the mind-set of taking the title places."

Her prizes include a new car, Samsung gadgets, a cellphone contract and an array of other gifts totalling R1.3 million.

Ziphozakhe Zokufa was crowned first princess and Matlala Mokoko second princess.