In the year I was born, the Miss South Africa pageant was won by a beautiful young blonde, Monica Fairall. It was 1971.
Many Miss SA’s are never heard of again once their year's reign is up. Over time the once-prestigious title has come to mean much less than it did, with feminists throwing scorn and the general profile of the event being lowered.
But there are some of these girls with stars in their eyes, adorned with crowns and sashes, who have grown up to be women of note who have made a name for themselves and proven that they are more than pretty faces.
Monica Fairall stands among these women. She became a well-known radio broadcaster (I remember my mom listening to her easy-listening music programmes on the English Radio Station years ago) a yoga instructor and an author who wrote (among other titles) from her own experience on using natural methods to fight cancer in recent years in a book entitled ‘Challenge Cancer the Holistic Way.’
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Monica Fairall – she passed away in a Durban hospital yesterday with her husband (of less than a year) by her side.
After bravely fighting the disease, she died of myeloma - a cancer of the blood.