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.
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: 7th
|2nd princess||Madeleine Usher||Rita Rheeder|
|1st princess||Ellen Liebenberg||Marlene Boyes|
|Miss South Africa||Yvonne Maryann Ficker||Yvonne Brenda Hulley|
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 12th
- venue: Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: November 8, 1962
- candidates: 33
|Yvonne Maryann Ficker||18||Miss World 1962 |