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.
Norma Vorster won the first official Miss South Africa competition in 1956. It was open to white females only.
- beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
- edition: 8th
|2nd princess||Maureen van Niekerk||Madeleine Usher|
|1st princess||Jennifer Slater||Ellen Liebenberg|
|Miss South Africa||Louise Crous|
(Orange Free State)
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 13th
- venue: Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: November 7, 1963
- candidates: 40
|Louise Crous||Orange Free State, |
|21||Miss World 1963 |