Former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, is now continuing the next chapter in her life in New York City under IMG Worldwide, after handing her crown over to the new Miss Universe, Catriona Gray of the Philippines. “I fell in love with New York so much this year, that I’m going to be staying – although South Africa will always be home,” says Demi-Leigh.
New York’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree capped by a 408 kg Swarovski crystal star, continues to bring hope for 2019.
This year, the Swarovski Star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals, was unveiled by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and Nadja Swarovski. “We have been honoured to work with one of the world’s greatest creative talents, Daniel Libeskind, on his thrilling new design,” commented Ms. Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board. “Each New Year, the Star brings joy to New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, and will shine as a beacon of hope for many years to come.”
Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, who won first runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant, chatted to us through the pageant’s organization in New York. “Jen, I’m so very happy and proud to have represented SA. To have been the representative of our country has been such a privilege,” expressed Tamaryn. “From what I know about Catriona (Gray), she’s a lovely girl and very passionate about what she does, and I’m confident she will do a brilliant job as Miss Universe.”
South African model and businessman Evan King based in New York, says that seeing the tree light up every year, brings up warm memories of home and of the New Year. “It makes me miss family and friends, in Joburg and Cape Town. I miss the warm weather and sunny skies in the Southern hemisphere during the New Year.”
Lyla Illing, a South African singer-songwriter based in the Big Apple, recently recorded her new single, Below the Surface, at Atlantic Records Recording Studio. The new single is available on Spotify and iTunes.