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Miss World: SA can overcome its challenges

Miss World Rolene Strauss will officially hand over her crown to her successor today.

Miss World, Rolene Strauss. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Miss World Rolene Strauss says South Africans have the tools to deal with the challenges facing this country and to follow their aspirations no matter how big.

Strauss will officially hand over her crown to her successor today at the 65th contest, hosted in China.

She was the third South African to win the Miss World title in 40 years after Penny Coelen first won the title in 1958 followed by Anneline Kriel in 1974.

Strauss has described her time as Miss World as a culture shock saying she has seen the good and bad side of countries all over the world.

"I really feel that in South Africa we're still privileged. We have a high quality of life and I don't think we always realise it."

She says countries across the world have been inspired by South Africa which should remind South Africans that they're privileged.

"Other countries also face their challenges but we have everything we need to overcome them as well."

Strauss says she is looking forward to the year ahead where she will resume her studies as a medical student and plan her wedding in February.