MISS SA Lalela Mswane will wear second-hand outfits for the Miss Universe pageant.
According to Lalela, this ensures sustainability in the fashion industry.
She mentioned that half of her wardrobe will consist of outfits worn by her predecessors.
“Miss Universe asked us during our on camera interviews about sustainability, especially as it relates to fashion and that got me thinking. Why is it that we are so against repurposing previous garments, even when those garments and fashion outfits made such an impression?
“We are so hungry for new, exciting and previously unseen items that we completely forget the implications of those choices and the effect it has on our planet,” she said.
“That is why I decided that half of my Miss Universe wardrobe will consist of outfits previously worn by my predecessors, the women who came before me and took our breaths away. I’ve decided to put my own spin on them and make sure you still see me but I’m so grateful I get to have a little piece of them with me, all while making a small contribution towards a more sustainable future for fashion.”
Miss SA runner-up Dr Moratwe Masima said: “Beautiful and love that you have a bit of home with you.”
Miss SA 2018 Tamaryn Green complimented her, saying: “You look amazing, queen.”
Lalela, who now is in Israel for Miss Universe competition on 12 December, responded: “Thank you so much, sis.”
Ever since leaving for Israel she’s been keeping Mzansi updated on social media.