Rolene Strauss (born 22 April 1992) is a South African doctor and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss South Africa 2014 and was later crowned Miss World 2014. She is the third South African woman to be crowned Miss World, after Penelope Anne Coelen in 1958 and Anneline Kriel in 1974.

Rolene Strauss
Born (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 27)
Alma materUniversity of the Free State
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
TitleMiss Elite Model Look South Africa 2007
Miss South Africa 2014
Miss World 2014
D'Niel Strauss (m. 2016)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGrey
Miss Elite Model Look South Africa 2007
Miss South Africa 2011
(Top 5)
Miss South Africa 2014
Miss World 2014

Strauss is currently the chairperson of the non-profit organization The Strauss Foundation.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Strauss was a medical student at the University of the Free State.[2] She was born in Volksrust, South Africa, to Theresa, a nurse, and Hennie Strauss, a doctor.[3] She is a test tube baby. In her own words "I’m a test tube baby and I believe my passion for health was born with me".[4]

Strauss became engaged to D'Niel Strauss (no relation) in December 2014. They were later married on 6 February 2016, at the Laurent Wedding venue in Somerset West.[5][6] The couple welcomed their first child, a son in January 2017.[7]


Strauss won her first title at age 15, when she won the Elite Model Look South Africa competition in 2007. Strauss later placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa 2011, where Melinda Bam became the winner.[8] She returned three years later to compete, representing Bloemfontein, and was crowned Miss South Africa 2014.[9]

As Miss South Africa 2014, Strauss was expected to compete at both Miss Universe 2014 and Miss World 2014. Strauss competed in the Miss World 2014 contest in London, United Kingdom and was crowned Miss World 2014. Because of this, she could not compete at Miss Universe 2014. Ziphozakhe Zokufa, her first runner-up, stepped in as Miss South Africa 2014 and represented the country at the Miss Universe 2014 competition. After being crowned Miss World 2014 , Strauss began her responsibilities as Miss World and has since travelled to Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Kenya, Jamaica, Cameroon, United Kingdom, the United States amongst other countries to fulfil her various obligations in the role. Strauss was invited as a judge in Miss World 2018, becoming the first and so far the only Miss World from the 2010's to become a judge in a Miss World finals.


  1. ^ "Rolene Strauss Has Much To Celebrate!". People Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Official Facebook Profile". 2014.
  3. ^ "Dit voel net soos 'n droom" (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About The South African Miss World: Rolene Strauss". Buzz South Africa. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Rolene Strauss | Miss World 2014". Rolene Strauss. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  6. ^ "Rolene Strauss looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  7. ^ Potter, Daniella (9 January 2017). "Rolene Strauss welcomes her 'little prince'". The Citizen.
  8. ^ "Eye For Beauty: Miss South Africa 2011: Telecast Review". Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  9. ^ "And Miss South Africa 2014". 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Megan Young
Miss World
Succeeded by
  Mireia Lalaguna
Preceded by
  Carranzar Shooter
Miss World Africa
Succeeded by
  Liesl Laurie
Preceded by
  Marilyn Ramos
Miss South Africa
Succeeded by
  Liesl Laurie