As Melinda Bam disputes the Miss Universe title as “the one to beat” in Las Vegas, her successor back home was crowned last Sunday, December 9.

The winner was Marilyn Ramos, from Pretoria.  The first runner-up was Stacey Webb and the second runner-up was Pearle Nxele. The top 5 were completed by Simone de Kock and Charne King.

Ramos is expected to compete in Miss World and Miss Universe 2013.