Contestant FAQ's

Contestant FAQ's

  1. What are the entry criteria for Mrs South Africa?

The following pre-requisites which must be fulfilled in order to enter Mrs South Africa. While we do screen and conduct the relevant checks, it is also the contestant’s responsibility to check and ensure compliance with the criteria. All document submitted must be certified within three months of submission

Entrants and Contestants must fulfil all the following requirements:

  • Entrant/Contestant has a South Africa Identity Document and is a citizen or permanent resident within the Republic of South Africa, with their indicated gender as female
  • Entrant/Contestant is between the ages of 25 and 55 by 1st November 2022
  • Entrant/Contestant is legally married in terms of the laws of the Republic of South Africa and in possession of a valid marriage certificate, issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs
  • Entrant/Contestant has valid passport for travel purposes
  • If the Entrant/Contestant does not possess a valid passport, she must apply for and obtain one as soon as is reasonably possible in 2022. This is because she may need a passport for international competition should she win the Mrs SA Pageant
  • Entrant/Contestant has a valid South African Driver’s License
  • If the entrant/contestant does not possess a valid South African Drivers Licence, she must apply for and obtain one as soon as is reasonably possible in 2022. This is because the prize package may include a car, should she win the Mrs SA pageant
  • Should entrant be selected as Semi-finalist or Finalist, she will be required to avail herself for compulsory dates, as indicated on the 2022 Calendar. The format and details will be shared by the organisation closer to the time. Please bear in mind prevailing COVID-19 regulations may affect the calendar
  • Entrant/Contestant should not be or fall pregnant during the journey. Mrs SA promotes and encourages family values and Mrs SA does not discriminate against pregnancy, it will be physically strenuous for both the contestant (and foetus) to compete in Mrs SA and at an international level (if she wins Mrs SA) while maintaining a healthy pregnancy
  • Entrant/Contestant must not have been involved in any past activities that may place Mrs SA, its Pageant and/or organisers in a compromised and/or humiliating light both publicly or privately. These activities include, but are not limited to criminality, prostitution, nude public appearances, nude photography and nude videography
  • Should this come to light, Mrs SA reserves the right to revoke the Semi-finalist title with immediate effect.
  • Entrant/Contestant must not have a past or present criminal record or be involved in any criminality or any kind
  • Should a contestant separate, divorce or become widowed during her participation in the pageant, she must notify the Mrs SA Management Team immediately but will not be withdrawn and may continue in her year of entry.
  • Entrant/Contestant must not be an immediate family member of the Mrs SA organisation or it’s official sponsors
  • There are no height or weight restrictions for entry
  • There are no tattoo restrictions for entry
  • There are no minimal educational requirements for entry
  • Prior modelling experience is not a pre-requisite for entry
  1. When do entries open and where do I find the entry form? 

The entry form for the year ahead will be made available on the Mrs SA website in October of each year.

  • In order to complete their entry, entrants will need to complete the six steps below:
    • Complete the entry form online and answer all the questions
    • Attach two high photographs to the online entry form
    • Attach the YouTube link to her audition clip, which is recommended but not compulsory
    • Attach a copy of a valid SA ID & valid SA Marriage certificate, which have been certified within the last 3 months
    • Read all terms and conditions, review the 2022 calendar and FAQ’s on the website
    • Pay the application fee of R606.05 (incl. VAT) via Payfast or EFT
  • Successful entry will be confirmed by a website-generated confirmation email to the entrant’s specified email address;
  • Once all the steps above are completed, entrants will be emailed by the Mrs SA office and will receive further information in due course
  • A valid operational email address must be completed on the entry form by the entrant, in order to allow for Mrs SA to communicate with all entrants
  • Should an entrant not provide a valid working email address, Mrs SA Pty Ltd will not be held responsible for any comms they do not receive
  • All cancellations of entry or withdrawal of entry must be submitted in writing and addressed to Chief Operating Officer, Marlene Reddy-Ribeiro marlene@mrssouthafrica.co.za
  • *NB* The act of completing and submitting your online entry form constitutes a binding agreement acknowledging that the above, as well the terms and conditions noted on website has been read, understood, and accepted by the entrant
  1. I have completed my online entry form. What happens next?

Once all the steps above are completed, entrants will be emailed by the Mrs SA office and will receive further information in due course. A valid operational email address must be completed on the entry form by the entrant, to allow for Mrs SA to communicate with all entrants

Should an entrant not provide a valid working email address, Mrs SA Pty Ltd will not be held responsible for any comms they do not receive.

The selection for 2022 semi-finalists will take place based on entry forms, photos and audition clip, where provided.  There will be no Live Casting on 4th March 2022

  1. What dates should I be aware of?

Please consult our 2022 calendar of events and diarise these and plan for the accordingly

The first important date is the Semi-finalist Conference on 5th and 6th March which is compulsory for all Semi-finalists selected

  1. What photos should I have to enter?
  • Entrants must submit two photos: one full length and one head and shoulder photo
  • It does not need NOT be professional photos
  • Photos should be:
    • One head & shoulders photo and one full length photo
    • With entrant in simple daywear
    • Positioned against plain background
    • From the last year i.e. 2021 and
    • High resolution
  • Photos should not be:
    • Entrant’s wedding Photos or
    • Selfies or
    • of the entrant in dress up costumes, gym wear or active wear
  • Should an entrant require assistance with photographs, we recommend they contact our official photographers, based in Gauteng, who may be able to assist them. This is optional to utilise
  1. PhotographersWhy should I provide an Audition Clip?

The entrant should please upload a short audition clip to YouTube. This should be 30 seconds long max and in .mp4 format. The entrant should introduce herself in this clip, where she lives, what she does and a little bit about her life. It does not have to be professional filmed. Thereafter the entrant must upload the video clip onto YouTube and then enter the YouTube link onto the electronic entry form. This is not compulsory but will give the organisation a good

  1. Do you have any weight or height restrictions?

No. We embrace women of all heights, sizes, body shapes etc. therefore we not have any weight or height restrictions for entering Mrs South Africa.

  1. Are tattoos allowed?

Yes. Tattoos are allowed

  1. Do I need to have a valid Passport to enter?

No. Entrants do not need a valid passport to enter Mrs South Africa but they must apply for it and obtain it as soon as possible in 2022. This is because a contestant may need to travel overseas for the Mrs World pageant, should they win Mrs South Africa

  1. Do I need to have my Driver’s license to enter?

No. Entrants do not need a valid South African drivers licence to enter. However, they should apply for obtain this as soon as possible in 2022. This is because the prize package, should they win, may include a car

  1. I work full time. Can I enter Mrs South Africa? 

Yes. We have had many contestants and titleholders who have had full time jobs. The Mrs South Africa Management Team does take this into account when planning the calendar and always try to plan around school holidays, long weekends etc. We suggest all entrants consult the calendar for the year ahead and understand the compulsory dates that they will be required to present themselves for any events, judging etc. We then contestants to discuss these dates with their families, employers etc., in advance of entering Mrs South Africa

  1. I am traditionally married. Can I enter Mrs South Africa?

According to South African law, customary or traditional marriages are recognised. We recognise these as well. However, contestants need to apply for and obtain their valid marriage certificate from the South African Department of Home Affairs, prior to entry. This must be attached when completing the entry form

  1. I am engaged. Can I enter Mrs South Africa? 

Unfortunately not. Entrants need to be legally married, with a valid SA marriage certificate, when they enter

  1. I am married to a foreigner. Can I enter Mrs South Africa? 

Yes. Entrants can enter if they are themselves are a South African citizen

  1. I am married to a female. Can I enter Mrs South Africa? 

Yes. Entrants may enter if they are married to same sex partner. Mrs South Africa recognises all marriages, including same sex marriages

  1. Do I have to be born female to enter Mrs South Africa? 

No. Entrants need not be born biologically female to enter Mrs South Africa. However, their current South Africa Identity document must reflect their indicated gender as female

  1. Do I have to be a mother to enter?

No. Contestants do not need to have children to enter Mrs South Africa

  1. What if I am pregnant? Can I enter?

Entrants or Contestants should not be or fall pregnant during the journey. Mrs SA promotes and encourages family values and Mrs SA does not discriminate against pregnancy, it will be physically strenuous for both the contestant (and foetus) to compete in Mrs SA and at an international level (if she wins Mrs SA) while maintaining a healthy pregnancy

  1. What are the minimum educational qualifications to enter?

We embrace contestants from all backgrounds. Therefore, there are no minimum educational qualifications to enter.

  1. Do I need modelling training or prior pageant experience to enter?

No. Contestants do not need prior pageant or modelling experience in order to enter

  1. Do I have to wear a swimsuit?

Contestants will be required to model in swimwear, as per International Pageantry regulations during Semis Judging, Finals Judging and on stage during the final Crowning event. We embrace women of all shapes and sizes, and our program promotes confidence and being comfortable in your own skin

  1. Who oversees the Judging?

Mrs SA is run according to international standards, following a strict, audited process and winners are chosen by an independent judging selection committee. The Judging process for each stage of the competition is discussed with the contestants. Contestants will be required to model in swimwear, as per International Pageantry regulations during Semis Judging, Finals Judging and on stage during the final Crowning event. We embrace women of all shapes and sizes, and our program promotes confidence and being comfortable in your own skin

  1. What can I expect as a Contestant?

We do suggest that any potential entrant watches our video below which will give them a good idea of what to expect on the journey:

 

We also suggest that potential entrants:

  • Visit our social media pages, and YouTube channel in order to get a sense of the journey 
  • Follow us on social media as well as the current titleholders
  • Check out the current calendar as well for important dates and diarise these

The journey will be discussed in detail with you, should you be chosen as a semi-finalist and/or finalist. During the semi-finalist stages of the competition, accommodation and travel will be to the contestant’s account. Mrs South Africa covers these costs during Finalist stage of the competition, subject to sponsorship

Mrs South Africa Pty Ltd is not an non-profit organisation. We are a company and run as such. As such, fundraising, sponsorship and certain event attendance & involvement will be part of your journey as a semi-finalist and finalist journey, for Mrs South Africa, some of which is used towards company operating costs. We are open and transparent about the journey and are there to support you throughout.

  1. I have a few other questions. Who can I contact?

Due to the high volume of queries, all queries can be directed to Chief Operating Officer, Marlene Reddy-Ribeiro on email only please at marlene@mrssouthafrica.co.za

Whatsapp will not be used as means for communication at this stage, given the high volume of entrants and queries.