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.
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Meanwhile Sasha herself responded to the claims on her personal Instagram page.
Watch her video message below: