Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, voted one of the most beautiful women in the country at the Miss South Africa competition, jetted off to London yesterday to begin pre-preparation for the Miss World pageant to be held on December 14.
She flew out of South Africa armed with the good wishes of South Africans and a Beauty with a Purpose campaign that is destined to have a profound effect both locally and internationally.
Sasha-Lee is a survivor of sexual assault, she was repeatedly raped from when she was 7 until 11.
She said: “I was not believed when I reported my abuse and, for years, I thought that it was my fault. It is why my campaign #ItsNotYourFault is designed to support those who have had a similar experience; I want them to know they are not to blame.”
Sasha-Lee’s suitcases are packed with a wardrobe that has been designed by the renowned couturier, Ryan Keys from Keys Fashion.
Werner Wessels, well-known pageant coach and stylist said he chose Ryan Keys to create Sasha-Lee’s wardrobe because “he is known for luxury and his sophisticated use of incredible textures. It’s why he was the perfect choice to create the elegant gowns that will compliment Sasha-Lee’s beauty.”
Also included in Sasha-Lee’s suitcase is a very trendy pair of gumboots, a necessary item for the Gumboot Dance she will perform as part of her Dances of the World routine.
She has been preparing for the movement spectacle with choreographer Ryan Hignett who says they chose this dance because it was born out of pain and struggle, mixed with joyfulness, in apartheid South Africa