The Miss South Africa pageant bosses have responded to an article which appeared online over the weekend stating that reigning queen Sasha-Lee Olivier is pregnant
The article appeared on the City Press on Sunday amid rumours that pageant’s first plus-size winner was expecting her first child.
The organisers responded to the “appalling claims” in a strong-worded statement on Monday.
The statement read: “The Miss South Africa Organisation is appalled with the article that appeared in City Press which speculates if reigning Miss South Africa Sasha-Lee Olivier is pregnant…..
“We did not condone entering into any salacious debate about Sasha-Lee’s body given the degrading and discriminatory intentions of this article.
Organisers also hit out at the nature of the article amid news of ongoing gender-based violence in the country
The statement continued: “In a week in which President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks out against gender-based violence, the Miss South Africa Organisation is horrified about the story and would like to put the following on record: Sasha-Lee Olivier is not pregnant, the article is pure body shaming, implying that if Sasha-Lee is not pregnant then she is fat, it is a shallow article that reads like malicious fake news.”
The Miss South Africa Organisation also revealed plans to take legal advice and action against the publication.
Meanwhile Sasha herself responded to the claims on her personal Instagram page.
Watch her video message below: