Crowned both Miss South Africa and Miss World in the year 2014, she was only the second South African contestant to win the latter beauty pageant title.
At the age of fifteen, she became the youngest-ever winner of the Elite Model Look International contest's South African selection round. She went on to secure a Top 15 finish in the international competition.
She studied medicine at the University of Freestate.
A native of Volksrust, South Africa, she grew up as the daughter of physician Hennie Strauss and nurse Theresa Strauss.
She succeeded Filipina-American model Megan Young as Miss World.