SA Miss World winners

Miss World 2014 winner Rolene Strauss is the third South African to hold the title.

Pictured is South African Miss World winners Penelope Anne Coelen, Anneline Kriel and Rolene Strauss. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Local Miss World pageant winner Rolene Strauss has social media buzzing with pictures and tweets congratulating her.

She was crowned in a ceremony in London on Sunday night.

Mpumalanga,Volksrust and South Africa is proud..Congrats @RoleneStrauss on winning #MissWorld2014!

Eyewitness News takes a look at the past South African winners who put the country on the international map.

Penelope Anne Coelen

Penelope Anne Coelen was South Africa's first Miss World winner in 1958. Back then, the pageant was still in its early years, attracting only 22 contestants.

The 18-year-old secretary from Durban was excited when she was crowned.

Coelen at the time said, "It's just wonderful. Just think - I was only Miss South Africa yesterday, now I'm Miss World. I feel on top of the world."

She received international attention during her reign and obtained several modelling offers.

Coelen managed her own line of clothing and endorsed beauty products.

She later tried her hand at television and appeared as a contestant on a game show called _To Tell the Truth _in 1958.

Anneline Kriel

South Africa's second Miss World competition winner was the 19-year-old Anneline Kriel who walked away with the crown in 1974.

The model and actress from Witbank lived on to become an ambassador for several beauty brands while completing public relations activities.

She also starred in several Afrikaner soap operas and an international film, Kill and Kill Again.

Kriel received much criticism in light of South Africa's political climate in 1974 when apartheid still reigned supreme.

The country was internationally boycotted by the world for the suppression of black South Africans while advocating white supremacy.

Kriel was as a result perceived as the "face of apartheid" by international media.

During her reign, she was also embroiled in a scandal over nude photographs that were leaked and appeared in the Sunday Times.

Rolene Strauss

The Miss World 2014 winner, Rolene Strauss, is originally from Volksrust, Mpumalanga.

She is studying towards her medical degree at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

When the beauty queen was only 15-years old, she won the national selection for the Elite Model Look International, making her the youngest winner nationally.

Strauss beat 11 other contestants.

She was placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa in 2011 when Melinda Bam became the new Miss SA titleholder.

Additional information from Wikipedia.