“South Africa, this is for you,” she said in an interview after the pageant. “I’m so proud of you and I’m proud to be your representative.”
Strauss won the title over runner-up Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsár. Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, took third place.
Strauss, a fourth-year medical student at University of the Free State, put her studies on hold after being crowned Miss South Africa in March. She inherited the crown from Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines.
She was born in 1992 in Nelspruit.