After hearing (only) her name for the first time, one would think that she could be part-Filipino. But 21 year-old Marilyn Ramos – who is Miss South Africa 2012 – is a cool mix of Portuguese and South African.
Almost petite at 5’5 3/4″, Marilyn – a resident of Klerksdorp in Pretoria – is one of those few national pageant winners who represent their respective countries in both Miss Universe and Miss World, and with the blessings of both global organizations. When she won the crown last December, the Sowetan Live reported that “…A warm-hearted personality and an approachable demeanour ensured Ramos scooped the coveted title.” She is a student of Interior Architecture at Inscape Design College.
Asked about how she intends to leave her mark as Miss South Africa, Marilyn stated that “…I feel that the youth has a lot to learn from the elderly and contrariwise the seniors deserve the affection, compassion and respect of the youth. I intend to encourage young people to volunteer at old aged homes. I will achieve this by hosting workshops, motivational speeches and charity events. I will encourage the youth to visit retirement homes and hospice centers across the country.”