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Swopping crown for stethoscope

A year has passed since she was crowned as Miss South Africa and Paarlite Tamaryn Green says she is ready to swop her crown for a stethoscope and now continue her journey as Dr Green.

On the evening of 27 May 2018, many South Africans held their breath as the beautiful Green, a former learner of New Orleans Secondary School, was crowned Miss South Africa and again, at the end of last year when she was crowned runner up for Miss Universe.

Paarl Post recently caught up with Green, who will only hand over the crown in August this year, as she shares with us her most memorable moments but also the challenges she faced over the past year.

“There have been so many and I have been so blessed with all the opportunities I have been given. Let me list a few: Meeting my fellow contestants in the build-up to the 2018 Miss South Africa pageant. I discovered this special sisterhood of previous Miss South Africa title holders; it’s like a family; going to Miss Universe and representing our country on the world stage; launching my #breakthestigma TB campaign and appearing at the UN General Assembly. But, most importantly, the love and support I received from ordinary South Africans,” she said.

Green, who will retain her title until she hands over to her successor – Miss South Africa 2019 on 9 August – picked up on her studies last month and is eager to complete her final year at the University of Cape Town.

“I hadn’t been in theatre or involved with clinical medicine since I was crowned as Miss South Africa 12 months before. I realised that I had really missed it. This is my final year of studies before I qualify as a doctor. I am enjoying this final push!” Green said.

Although a busy schedule kept her occupied and spending some of her time travelling, she explained that her Miss South Africa duties have been curtailed for her to focus on her studies.

“I still have some duties to perform, but far fewer,” she explained.

It is clear the job of being Miss South Africa comes with responsibility and as Green explained, after the crowning the most challenging task she had to deal with was the media.

“I remember the day after I was crowned, I had to deal with the media – that first week was such a blur of interviews and meeting people. At first it was really tough. I had to trust them to portray me for who I really am. Saying that, they have also been incredibly supportive and helped me promote my TB story and other messages,” Green said.

In March the main sponsor of the Miss SA Competition, Cell C, withdrew sponsorship. However, the Miss South Africa Organisation recently announced that the pageant will continue.

While some are not enamoured by the idea of beauty competitions, Paarl Post asked Green her opinion about the pageant.

“The one thing that has been a constant for the past 61 years is that the pageant has become an integral part of the South African landscape, attracting hundreds of intelligent and beautiful women from across the country, all vying for the coveted title. The Miss South Africa pageant has new sponsors and great things planned. It is going to be bigger and better than ever. If you look at social media, there is huge excitement and interest in the competition.”

“This platform has empowered me, not only as a young South African wanting to make a difference in her community, but as a medical student and also as a woman. It’s not lost on me that a new Miss South Africa will be crowned on Women’s Day. Miss South Africa has been an integral part of the female South African story and how we as women are taking our place in society and championing the causes of our fellow women and the generations to follow us.”

Green said she is not only looking forward to welcoming a new Miss SA but also completing her studies and spending more time with family and friends.

“I cannot wait to welcome a new woman into this illustrious sisterhood.

“I would like to specialise in paediatrics and continue to make a difference in the lives of people I come into contact with,” she concluded.

. To enter simply visit www.misssa.co.za, fill in a number of questions and upload pictures from your social media accounts. Entries close on 10 June.

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