South Africa's Natasha Joubert takes off for US to win back-to-back at 69th Miss Universe

Miss Universe South Africa 2020 Natasha Joubert has departed for the USA to compete in the upcoming 69th Miss Universe pageant.

"South Africa I carry you with me. Thank you for your countless messages of support. I appreciate them from the bottom of my heart. I’m ready and so grateful to carry the name of my beloved country across my chest," she said in a post on her official social media page.

The 23-year-old entrepreneur from Gauteng was the second runner-up at Miss South Africa 2020 in October last year. She was officially announced as Miss Universe South Africa in December.

Natasha will try to succeed South Africa's reigning Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi. A back-to-back win only happened in Miss Universe 2009 when Stefanía Fernández succeeded her fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza.

The 69th Miss Universe pageant will air live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Photos: Miss South Africa

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