Former Miss South Africa (1992) Amy Kleinhans-Curd joked about marrying a foreigner and her hopes of rebranding herself as Amelia on the first episode of the Real Housewives van die Wynlande (RHOWL) which aired on KykNet on Thursday 20 April.
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AMY KLEINHANS-CURD LEADS THE CAST OF ‘RHOWL’
Businesswoman Amy Kleinhans-Curd was the first woman of colour to be crowned Miss SA back in 1992, while South Africa was still under the apartheid state. The iconic beauty queen leads the cast of the Real Housewives van die Wynlande (RHOWL) – the second Afrikaans Real Housewives series following the Real Housewives van Pretoria.
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The series is shot in the Winelands – Franschhoek, Paarl, Somerset West and Stellenbosch. RHOWL premiered on KykNet on Thursday 20 April and Amy reflected on being crowned Miss SA during Apartheid and being the first woman of colour to do so.
“When I was Miss South Africa 30 years ago, the world felt and looked different in South Africa. That year, I couldn’t vote at all. There were still beaches I couldn’t walk on and when I was crowned, a whole community, was crowned alongside me. And the fact that I could be a part of that history was incredible to me,” she said on the episode.
The former Miss SA also revealed that she was planning on rebranding herself from Amy Kleinhans to Amelia.
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THE FORMER MISS SA ON MARRYING A FOREIGNER
Amy is married to New Zealand businessman Leighton Curd. The pair have been married for 28 years and have four children – Gugu (38), Phillipa (24), Thomas (22) and Georgia (16) and two grandchildren.
Amy and Leighton fostered Gugu from the age of nine and she has two sons – Kgosi and Thoriso, who she shares with husband Kgpolo Makgate.
“I’ve been married to Leighton Curd for 28 years now. He is a New Zealander. When he asked me to marry him, Nelson Mandela said ‘why are you marrying a foreigner?’. After that he called me and told me ‘I’ve worked it out’,” she said.
“He said ‘you know that saying where you’re actually you keep your friends close but you keep your enemies even closer? I know your strategy! That’s the truth” she joked.
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