Her crown, made of beaded braids, “represents the power of black women, whose strength, like Samson in the biblical story, lies in their hair”.
“The idea with the costume was to find a balance in the chaos of our everyday lives, which is why I’ve used a vibrant print, but carefully balanced it in perfect symmetry,” said Kandlin.
The costume, he said, was inspired by the vibrant colours and designs of South African prints. Kandlin used traditional beading techniques and incorporated a feminine silhouette using a beaded corset and long flowing skirt.
“This is a very special costume. I am not just representing South Africa, I am also an ambassador for the Zulu people and have taken their support, love and blessings to Poland with me as well,” said Mswane.