"It was hard to accept. It wasn’t something I expected."
These were the words of Miss South Africa 2020 Natasha Joubet as she opened up about how she felt about the results of the 69th Miss Universe pageant.
It's the first time in three years that South Africa did not place in the top 5 of the pageant. Natasha also did not enter the top 21 of the competition.
"I’m still trying to understand, and there’s obviously not a certain answer I’m going to get at this moment," she confessed in an Instagram video.
Nonetheless, Natasha has been taking comfort in her belief that "everything happens for a reason."
"And that’s literally the only thing I can look at, saying there’s a reason why I didn’t make it to top 21. It’s not something I understand currently. It’s not something I expected to happen," she said.
Natasha admitted that though the journey has been hard, she is proud of what she has done in the pageant.
“It was extremely hard standing there, knowing that South Africa did so well for three years. But I gave everything. I’m proud of myself for standing there. I overcame so many things that I’ve struggled with for such a long time," she said.
In 2017, South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe. Meanwhile, their country's representative in 2018 Tamaryn Green became 1st runner-up. In 2019, South Africa was once again crowned Miss Universe with Zozibini Tunzi as their representative.
Despite the results, Natasha remains thankful especially to those who supported her in her journey.
"I can’t thank you enough for ALL your love & support. I’ve never experienced this amount of love before. I want to always be transparent with you guys & share the ups & downs," she stated.