Miss Universe 2021 second runner-up Lalela Mswane receives warm homecoming welcome in KwaZulu-Natal


For the first time since winning Miss South Africa in October last year in Cape Town and competing at Miss Universe 2021 pageant in Eilat two months ago, Lalela Mswane has finally touched down her province KwaZulu-Natal for a homecoming.

The 24-year-old beauty received a warm welcome upon her arrival at King Shaka International Airport last Friday, February 4. Her busy schedules included a welcome ceremony at KSIA, attending the class of 21 Matric Awards, and visiting the Inanda Newtown Comprehensive School for the handing over of a renovated consumer studies classroom.


One of the highlights of her incredible homecoming tour during the weekend was becoming the first Miss South Africa to visit the Zulu Kingdom and meeting the royal family and His Majesty, King Misuzulu Zulu KaZwelithini.


"To all our sponsors, partners, stakeholders, family, friends, community, and South Africa at large, because of you, this was a homecoming beyond my wildest imagination. I can never thank you enough for your continued support. I truly appreciate the respect, kindness, love, and generosity that has been extended to me and will forever be grateful for it. Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart," she shared on social media.


Lalela's journey to the Miss Universe 2021 competition in December was a controversial one because of the backlash she received ahead of the international pageant in Israel. She eventually went on to compete and placed second runner-up among 80 contestants.

Photos: Miss South Africa

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