Based: Cape Town

Rolene Strauss is a South African doctor, model and beauty queen who won Miss South Africa 2014 and was later crowned Miss World 2014. She was born on 22 April 1992 and raised in a small town called Volksrust in South Africa. She is a test tube baby.

She is the third South African woman to be crowned Miss World, after Penelope Anne Coelen in 1958 and Anneline Kriel in 1974. Strauss won her first beauty title at age 15, when she won the Elite Model Look South Africa competition in 2007. Strauss later placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa 2011, where Melinda Bam became the winner. She returned three years later to compete, representing Bloemfontein, and was crowned Miss South Africa 2014.

As Miss South Africa 2014, Strauss was expected to compete at both Miss Universe 2014 and Miss World 2014. However, since at Miss World 2014 contest,which was held in London, United Kingdom, she was crowned Miss World 2014. So, she could not compete at Miss Universe 2014. Ziphozakhe Zokufa, her first runner-up, replaced her as Miss South Africa 2014 and represented the country at the Miss Universe 2014 . After being crowned Miss World 2014 , she undertook activities on behalf of her responsibilities as Miss World throughout the year. During her reign she travelled to Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Jamaica, United Kingdom, and the United States