Miss South Africa 1971 results: Jillian Elizabeth Jessup crowns Monica Fairall


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.

In 1970, South Africa started sending two candidates to Miss World, a black woman called Miss Africa South and a white woman called Miss South Africa. Miss World 1970 first runner-up Pearl Gladys Jansen was the first black woman to represent South Africa in Miss World.

  • beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
  • edition: 16th
  • date: June 27, 1971
  • finalists: 7



  1. Annemarie van Dorssen (South West Africa)
  2. Maria Claassen (Eastern Province)
  3. Merle Worsley (Western Province)
  4. Monica Fairall (Natal Province)
  5. Priscilla de Klerk (Southern Transvaal)
  6. Vera Venter (Orange Free State)
  7. Wilma Ingram (Northern Transvaal)



2nd princessMaria Claassen
(Eastern Province)
Dorothea Scott
(Western Province)
1st princessMerle Worsley
(Western Province)
Wendith Brink
(Natal Province)
Miss South AfricaMonica Fairall
(Natal Province)
Jillian Elizabeth Jessup
(Eastern Province)


  • beauty pageant: Miss World
  • edition: 21st
  • venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
  • date: November 10, 1971
  • candidates: 56


Monica Fairall
Miss South Africa 1971
Natal Province,
South Africa
22Miss World 1971
Top 15
Gaily Ryan
Miss Africa South 1971
Miss World 1971

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