Rolene Strauss is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss South Africa 2014 and was later crowned Miss World 2014. She is the third South African woman to be crowned Miss World, after Penelope Anne Coelen in 1958 and Anneline Kriel in 1974. Strauss is currently the chairperson of the non-profit organization, The Strauss Foundation.
Strauss is a medical student at the University of the Free State. She was born in Volksrust, South Africa in 1992, to Theresa, a nurse, and Hennie Strauss, a doctor. She is a test tube baby. In her own words “I’m a test tube baby and I believe my passion for health was born with me”. Strauss became engaged to D’Niel Strauss (no relation) in December 2014. They were later married on 6 February 2016, at the Laurent Wedding venue in Somerset West. The couple welcomed their first son in January 2017.
Strauss won her first 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 she had won the Miss World 2014 contest, she could not compete at Miss Universe 2014. After being crowned Miss World 2014, she undertook activities on behalf of her responsibilities throughout the year.
During her reign she traveled to Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Jamaica, United Kingdom, and the United States. She later passed on her crown to Mireia Lalaguna of Spain on December 19, 2015 in Sanya, China.