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: 14th
|2nd princess||Jackie Sayer||Patsy Goswell|
|1st princess||Diana Newman||Linda Collett|
|Miss South Africa||Linda Meryl Collett|
|Mitsianna “Mitzi” Stander|
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 19th
- venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: November 27, 1969
- candidates: 50
|Linda Meryl Collett||Natal Province,|
|18||Miss World 1969 |