WATCH: Miss SA crowned Second Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2021

WATCH: Miss SA crowned Second Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2021

Miss South Africa 2021, Lalela Mswane, has been crowned Miss Universe 2nd Runner-Up.

Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane
Instagram/ Lalela Mswane/ Zahira Amod (glamfuel)

Lalela Mswane, who became Miss South Africa in October, has been in the eye of a storm of controversy since she won the title.

Since Miss Universe announced that this year's pageant will be in Israel, there has been a growing call from South Africans, civil rights groups, and political parties for Mswane to boycott the pageant in protest against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

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The South African government withdrew support for Miss SA to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

Over the past weekend, a debate has erupted on social media after Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane wore a dove of peace outfit at the Miss Universe pageant.

The 24-year-old dazzled in a dove costume to show the culture of South Africa and “its spirit of Ubuntu”. One Twitter user said that she is representing herself and not the country.

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“A nation that has shown that lasting peace can be achieved. She is honoured to bring this message of hope to the global stage,” read the caption of a post by Miss South Africa on Twitter.

On Monday morning, 13 December, Mswane was crowned as the Second Runner-Up, while India's Harnaaz Sandhu took home the crown at the 70th edition of Miss Universe.

Congratualtions, Lalela Mswane!

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Image Credit: Instagram/ Lalela Mswane/ Zahira Amod (glamfuel)

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