'Wild' past haunts Miss SA

2012-07-01 17:02
Gavin Prins, City Press
Johannesburg - Reigning Miss South Africa Melinda Bam and the pageant owners, South International, became the subject of much speculation when it was announced earlier that she would not be taking part in the Miss World competition.

Sun International announced in a media release that that first princess Remona Moodley would represent South Africa at the Miss World competition to be held in China in August.

Bam, it said, would not take part due to "personal" reasons.

Sun International on Saturday still refused to expand on what those reasons could be.

PICS: Sexy Miss SA

The protective veil of silence has led to wide speculation.

'Good-time, sexy girl'

A City Press source close to the pageant and the beauty queen herself, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said Sun International had taken a decision to withdraw Bam from Miss World because "they felt they would be backing a losing horse."

"Melinda has cultivated a reputation for being a good-time, sexy girl and Miss World is not about that. Sun International felt Remona would stand a better chance," said the source.

However, Bam’s perceived image of being less than wholesome is not just about her penchant for mini-skirts and posing seductively and near-nude for lad magazine FHM.

According to our source, the blonde beauty, 23, has fallen prey to every starlet’s worst nightmare – or dream: being the subject of a bunch of nude photographs.

"She has nude pictures which were going to go on a [guy magazine] website, but Sun International stepped in and bought out the whole lot to protect her reputation.

"They are now worried that if she goes to Miss World, there’s a chance those pictures might be dug up. They’d rather play safe than be sorry later."

On Thursday night, Bam became defensive when City Press approached her at the Fikile Mbalula Foundation launch regarding her withdrawal from Miss World.

"As we said in the press statement, it’s a personal matter.

"I’m not prepared to say more about this issue."

She hasn’t got Aids'

Social network Twitter was abuzz with speculation, ranging from the "secret" stash of nude pictures to the former model being pregnant.

Sun International spokesperson Sue Klerck refused to be drawn on the subject. "We are going to respect Melinda’s wishes that this must be kept quiet.

"If it had been something improper, we would not have allowed her to keep the title."

On the Miss World website where the participants’ faces are shown, South Africa's was still blank on Saturday afternoon.

Klerck says there’s nothing strange about Bam’s withdrawal.

"She isn’t pregnant. Because then she must have had sex. And to have sex, you must have a boyfriend, and that’s against the rules of the competition.”

Klerck describes the rumours about nude photos as ridiculous. "And she isn’t sick. She hasn’t got Aids. The media are taking this out of all proportion."

Responding to whether, as an ambassador for South Africa, Bam doesn’t owe it to the country to explain, Klerck said the constitution protects every member of the Republic, including Miss SA.

She added that the withdrawal was not an unusual occurrence, saying that when Vanessa Carreira was Miss SA, she also withdrew from the Miss World competition because it was held in Nigeria. At the time that country had a policy of stoning pregnant women who weren’t married.

The competition later moved to the UK, but it was too late for Carreira to enter.

* What do you think the reasons are behind Miss SA Melinda Bam's decision to remove herself from the Miss World competition? Is she damaging the Miss SA brand/title? Or is the speculation doing the most damage? E-mail your views to Gossip@Channel24.co.za and get published!


  • Zorro.vs - 2012-07-01 12:53

    Ignorance to the highest degree. She isn't pregnant, nor are there any nude photos of her. And I know this because I know her character. She has too much self-respect to do any of those during her reign! She will be competing in a significantly bigger pageant, Miss Universe, which is run by Donald Trump. This is where she will truly shine and represent SA in the best possible way. She IS NOT a "losing" horse, she's a winning beauty! And when she does well in Miss Universe, I hope you crawl away in utter embarrassment!

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-01 17:27

      She remains a stunner.

      edwin.i.jay - 2012-07-01 23:11

      Oh for F*&^** sakes, leave her alone already. Speculation and some more speculation coupled with some more speculation. I doubt she would pose nude for a magazine at the height of her career with everything in the balance. If she did she should get a new manager and reconsider what she wants to do with her life. Till then...find something more worthwhile to reports about please.

      Preshen - 2012-07-02 08:11

      Where is the picture ?

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-01 14:23

    'And to have sex, you must have a boyfriend, and that’s against the rules of the competition.” Hahahaha its actually more funny than ridiculous!

      lodewyk.fred - 2012-07-01 17:35

      I liked that one to.

  • james.hunt.161214 - 2012-07-01 17:26

    What a bunch of old nanny mother Grundy @#$%^&*. You go girl. Sun International are doing the "right" thing - under pressure.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-01 17:55

    So we lost a girl who actually stood a chance in miss world or whatever. This sucks!

  • ezette.mallin - 2012-07-01 17:57

    My dream is to save the children en to end world hunger too!

  • rossouw.els - 2012-07-01 23:12

    i thought the nude pic were from BEFORE the pageants en before everything started,thats the whole issue..isnt it? she look smart enough not to do it while shes in her 'reign' but before that maybe some webcammming, pics over the net posting...ya know..kids do that

  • Michael - 2012-07-02 07:43

    Surely if you enter Mis SA you know you have to be at the Miss World , don't enter a competition if you can't fulfill your role properly

  • ryan.annandale.50 - 2012-07-02 08:47

    What a bunch of hippocrates as if any of them are perfect. who cares if she has posed nude or wears short skirts its bloody miss world not a bloody school or church pageant. i feel sorry for her and i also feel sorry for the twats at sun int'l sitting with their heads up their ass.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-07-02 09:07

    She new what she was doing when she posed for the pics! BUT i don't see her being raked on the knuckles... why not send the follow up??

  • Frank - 2012-07-02 09:23

    Aah... the intrigue of it all! She is ridiculously hot.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 09:32

    So we still treating women as if they subjects? So what if she did all these things, she's a human being - We have a terrible habit of never letting the past go...

  • colin.chester1 - 2012-07-02 09:42

    To have sex you must have a boyfriend?????????? Sue, come on!!! You CANNOT be that naive!

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