Hero’s Welcome For South Africa’s First Miss World in 40 Years

South Africa on Saturday welcomed home Miss World winner Rolene Strauss with wild cheers and ululation.

Hundreds appeared at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student bagged the Miss World 2014 title at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.

Dressed in the country’s national colours, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colourful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg.

Strauss is the first Miss World from South Africa since 1974 when the title was awarded to Anneline Kriel.

Among those at the airport was the country’s first winner of the title in 1958, Penny Coelen-Rey, now a 74-year-old grandmother.