The Paarl beauty, and Miss South Africa 2018, Tamaryn Green (24), was crowned first runner up at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
On Monday Tamaryn represented South Africa against contestants from 93 other countries, which was won by Miss Philippines Catriona Gray. Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez took second place. Tamaryn was one of the front runners throughout the build-up to the finale.
The pageant was broadcast live at 02:00 South African time, but Paarlites and the rest of South Africa showed their support by getting up in the middle of the night to support Tamaryn.
The middle child of David and Ellirene Green started her school career at William Lloyd Primary and matriculated from New Orleans Secondary School.
She is a sixth and final-year medical student at the University of Cape Town, with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics after she qualifies.
Her parents, brother and sister as well as an aunt flew to Thailand to support her.
Back in Paarl a few of Green’s friends gathered to watch the pageant.
Hybré Marinus, one of her schoolfriends, said they were 12 friends watching the pageant together.
She said the wooden floors of the house they were in trembled as they cheered their friend on throughout the show.
“We all were so nervous and anxious before the winner was announced,” said Marinus. “We are ecstatic and so proud of her achievement.”
After the competition Tamaryn took to Facebook to thank her supporters.
“I can’t put into words the overwhelming gratitude I feel today,” Tamaryn said.
“South Africa, I could feel your love and support on the Miss Universe stage and I am so thankful for you. I am so proud to be South African. Catriona Gray, may your reign as Miss Universe be abundantly blessed.”
Not only did she receive messages of support from locals, but also residents from the Philippnes congratulated her.
Frankie Caronan from the Philippines commented: “The best last two standing women for the Miss Universe crown. Both had equal love and respect from their respective countries. They had a neck-and-neck battle for the crown carrying the honour of their own country. No doubt, either one of them is worthy of the crown. Tamaryn, a queen indeed, I salute you. You gave our queen, Catriona, a run for her money. Congratulations and much, much love from the Philippines.?”
In Paarl, even mayor Conrad Poole made sure he watched the Miss Universe Pageant, announcing her placement as she went through to the Top 10, the Top 3 and when she was crowned the first princess.
On the pageant experience, Tamaryn said: “The Miss Universe experience has been beyond my wildest expectations, and I am delighted to have done so well. The contestants were wonderful – some I think will be lifelong friends. It has been a true journey of the sisterhood.
“Thailand is a fantastic country with friendly people who have made us all feel so welcome. We worked hard, but what we have received in return is priceless. The support I got really spurred me on.”
Tamaryn said the most challenging part on the night of the pageant was getting ready for the final gown scene. “I had to enter the stage first and only had eight minutes to change into my gown and fix my hair. It was such a rush. Nobody knows what happens behind the scenes but that was a moment of small craziness on the night. Otherwise everything was spectacular.”
To her supporters in Paarl she said: “I love you all. Thank you for showing me so much love and support throughout the competition. Growing up in Paarl is a huge part of who and what I am today. I am Proudly Paarl!”
Earlier this year, Tamaryn spoke out about once being diagnosed with TB, and started #BreakTheStigma campaign, which has been hugely successful at raising awareness of TB. She also travelled to New York to speak at the first-ever UN General Assembly high-level meeting on tuberculosis, and was invited to speak at the Union Conference on Lung Disease at The Hague.
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