Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, 26, is the new Miss South Africa 2019. She assumes the mantle
from title holder, Zozibini Tunzi, who was crowned Miss Universe in December 2019.
Sasha-Lee said she was thrilled to wear the Miss South Africa crown.
“I am so happy for Zozi who deserves, in every way, to wear the Miss Universe sash. I wish
her every success. I step into big shoes. I just want Zozi to know that I will do my best to fill
Speaking from New York, Zozi said she was delighted that Sasha-Lee would be taking over
“I cannot think of anyone who is more suitable to be Miss South Africa. Sasha has it all:
beauty, brains and, above all, a commitment to help others. I have no doubt that she will use
her reign to help improve the lot of those in need.”
Miss South Africa Organisation CEO, Stephanie Weil said Sasha-Lee would, going forward,
assume all Miss South Africa duties, as well as fulfilling her obligations to the sponsors.
“We are happy to announce Sasha as the new Miss South Africa because she is fully
committed and ready to begin her reign.”
Nthabiseng Phoshoko, Commercial Director at Miss SA sponsor, LFP (SA’s leading provider of
BEE aligned skills development training solutions) said: “We cannot be more proud to
support Sasha-Lee as she is crowned Miss South Africa. We are honoured to be able to
support her important, extremely necessary, campaign.”
Gareth Flusk, events and entertainment manager at Sun International, said: “Sasha steps
very comfortably into the Miss SA role. Her inspirational campaign will bring relief to many
who need it, something that we are more than pleased to a part of.”
Sasha said: “Taking over the Miss South Africa title means that I am able to continue working
to help women who, like me, have been sexually abused. It will be a top priority for me
during my time as Miss South Africa.”
She intends to continue to devote her time to The Beauty with a Purpose campaign that she
took to the Miss World pageant in December 2019.
Sasha-Lee’s #itsnotyourfault campaign is aimed at making sure that people who, like her,
have endured sexual assault, know that they are not to blame for their abuse.
As a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, Sasha-Lee’s campaign is designed to support, inspire
and help girls, boys, women and men who, like her, have survived sexual abuse.
She says she chose #ItsNotYourFault because “A very deep sense of shame accompanies
rape and long term sexual abuse. Those who have suffered at the hands of the predators
and perpetrators feel responsible for their own abuse, and are profoundly ashamed of what
is happening, or has happened, to them.
“We need to change the commonly held perception regarding this – the shame does not lie
with the victim at all.”
Drawing from her own negative experience, Sasha-Lee is reaching out to women and girls
(and boys and men) when they are at their most vulnerable, reporting their attack at poorly
equipped police stations.
She has joined forces with Penny Stein and the Angel Network to identify sexual abuse hot
spots and provide Rape Comfort Kits.