Tshepo Makupu crowned Empress South Africa 201 9

SUNCOAST CASINO DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA– History was made with the crowning of the first EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA 2019 on the 17th of December 2018 at Suncoast Casino, Barnyard Theatre.

The radiant beauty Tshepo Makupu (26) representing Free State province was crowned Her Supreme Majesty EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA at this illustrious event.

The panel of judges was headed by Dr Kwena Manamela (Mrs Africa).

In total 25 contestants participated for the main title of Empress South Africa 2019. Tshepo Makupu was outstanding in her summer dress and swimwear modeling round. She was dressed in a Royal Elegant gown fit for an Empress, and she graced the ramp with poise and elegance.


The Top 5 contestants where asked individual questions on how they would use their titles to make a positive difference in their country and community. Tshepo Makupu articulated herself very well, and answered that she feels the woman youth of our country need role models to look up to, and she felt by winning this title, she would use the title to empower and inspire the country’s youth.

Tshepo Makupu will reign as Empress South Africa 2019, until the next Empress will be crowned towards the end of this year.

EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA is the Coveted title of the world’s first large scale online beauty contest using the platform of MISS EAGLE SOUTH AFRICA.

The pageant is the first of its kind and focuses on beauty with brains and purpose. Throughout the year contestants were given various tasks and challenges designed to empower them. They built their personal brands and made a difference in their communities, such as the Winter Blanket Drive, Motivational Talks at public gatherings and schools, various charity initiatives and media engagements. 

Hundreds of contestants competed to win their province, with a point based system, however only the highest score winner of each province, was admitted into the pageant.

These Nine Province Queens 18 to 28 years of age from all nine provinces as well as a special Queen of Hearts (selected at the pageant) took to the ramp and competed for this first ever massive coveted crown title of EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA. All nine provincial queens modeled three garments each including summer dresses, swimwear and evening gowns.

The winner has won a large undisclosed cash prize. She will be built into a Brand and secure various opportunities during her reign. The other contestants were awarded with Honorary Titles. 

More than 400 fans travelled to Suncoast Casino, Durban from all over South Africa, secured flights and accommodation to attend this Spectacular Historic event. Empress South Africa is a combination of the futuristic online world of Beauty contests merged with the Real world of pageants, using the latest cutting edge technology and social media. Contestants have met each other for the first time at the event. 

Tickets were sold out in September after a few days listing on Computicket with hundreds of patrons flocking to the venue.

The Empress South Africa pageant was illustrious and spectacular and will become a permanent National fixture in SA every year.


Empress South Africa is the coveted winner title born from the Miss Eagle South Africa (Beauty with Brains and Purpose)  online social media Platform.

It is the first National, Large scale online beauty contest in World History. 

EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA had received over 35,000 applications from across all cities and provinces in South Africa. We have shortlisted to 500 contestants. Only 100 contestants have made it through to the finals. 25 of the Top Finalists participated at the pageant on 17 December 2018 at Suncoast Casino, Durban.

EMPRESS SOUTH AFRICA is the Ultimate title in the platform of Miss Eagle SA. It is the only other comprehensive and large-scale National beauty contest in South Africa.

Empress SA contestants have featured in over one thousand media engagements (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, billboards and online)

Empress SA has two music soundtracks on iTunes and two online presenters. Empress South Africa has the largest Facebook group community in the world with over ½ million members (580,000). Empress SA has received over 500 celebrity shoutouts from SA’s leading celebs, business and political leaders, including the president and ministers.

As a team effort, our contestants have given back in excess of ½ Million rand in donations such as clothing, winter blankets, food and groceries to the underprivileged, children and the needy. All our contestants have been given a Mega Book Challenge to author their own books, public speaking, brand building and nation building.

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