South African Pictorial held Miss South Africa in 1923, which was won by Doris Gwendoline Heliwell with W. J. van Blommestein and Marjorie Elizabeth Cowley as the respective first and second princesses. In 1943, Susie Smuts became the second woman to hold the title.
However, it was Norma Vorster who won the first official Miss South Africa competition in 1956. It was open to white females only.
- beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
- edition: 3rd
|2nd princess||Debbie du Toit||Denise Nichols|
|1st princess||Rosemary Whitlock||Jessie Waring|
|Miss South Africa||Penelope Anne Coelen|
|Adele June Kruger|
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 8th
- venue: Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: October 13, 1958
- candidates: 20
|Penelope Anne Coelen||Natal Province, |
|18||Miss World 1958 |