Miss South Africa 2008 takes to her role like a seasoned celebrity. Tatum Keshwar has not stopped since she was crowned Miss South Africa on Dec. 15 at Sun City Resort. It has been a whirlwind of activity ranging from photo shoots to radio and television interviews, to Audi Fashion Week.
Tatum has handled the spotlight like a pro, and despite her sophisticated looks and exotic beauty, her managers, Sun International report that she is a delightfully grounded and warm hearted young woman.
Tatum’s diary is already full with social events like; Audi Fashion Week, the J & B Met, and Bobby Skinstad’s Cape Town Tens Rugby Prize-giving to attend. Later in the year Tatum will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas and the Miss World pageant which hopefully will once again be hosted in Johannesburg. She will lend her status to several worthy causes including Tapologo Aids Hospice, Sun International’s key corporate social investment initiative and Reach for a Dream.
Tatum’s first visit to Tapologo Aids Hospice in February is eagerly anticipated by both the patients and the dedicated nursing staff.
Tatum is 24 and has a Psychology Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Prior to moving to Johannesburg for the year of her reign, she lived in Durban with her family.
Tatum realised her childhood dream when she won Miss SA 2008. It wasn't the first time she’d entered Miss South Africa; she was a finalist in the competition in 2005.
“Being a previous contender gave me the strength and courage to believe in myself and it gave me a second chance to prove my potential,” says Tatum.
Tatum is unusually beautiful, tall, lithe and lean. Her Indian ancestry gives her an exotic allure and her height gives her the advantage of being able to wear clothes beautifully. She has a vibrant personality that perfectly complements her beauty. She thinks a person's style should reflect their personality and loves Coco Chanel’s fashion adage; “Less is more”. Tatum’s understated elegance is her trademark.
Her hobbies and interests include yoga which she practices twice a week, modelling, reading, weight training and extreme sports. She admires former Miss SA’s, Jo-Ann Strauss and Basetsana Makgalemele-Khumalo for their continued success.
Tatum won the title Model of the Year in 2005 and was the winner of this year’s Durban Model of the Year Competition. Tatum was also a contestant on the third season of the reality modelling competition “Revlon Supermodel”, which aired on SABC3 from November to December 2007. She loves catwalk work and is currently appearing in Audi Fashion Week.