Beauty pageants are a big part of South Africa and the world and Mr South Africa (MR SA) is one such pageant that is growing in its popularity. 

On Wednesday the official Twitter account for Mr SA tweeted the top 20 finalists for this years competition. Mzansi was quick to express how  unimpressed they were with the candidates.  

According to the Mr South Africa website, the characteristics that define Mr SA include excellence, integrity, professionalism and compassion.

To which some women were outraged due to the more detailed characteristics stipulated for the Miss South Africa candidates.

If the Mr South Africa account says that the Mr SA contestants only have to have a “good heart” then the same should apply to Miss South Africa.

It would be nice to see a Miss SA with an afro, a curvaceous Miss SA etc. We are tired of seeing the same face win.

— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) April 25, 2019

Guys can we please compare the entry requirements for Miss SA to the entry requirements for Mr SA?

— Third Force (@naledimashishi) April 25, 2019

Here is a look at the guys;

Mr SA Top 20 Finalist #Nokia3320

— LUNGI NAIDOO (@LungiNaidoo) April 25, 2019

Of course it did not take long for people to express their opinions;

Huge congratulations to all the Mr SA finalists, don’t listen to the haters, you are all beautiful ❤

— Deep Fried Man (@DeepFriedMan) April 25, 2019

Fixing the country, Mr South Africa @MrSAofficial Mr SA

— Mateo (@mateo__now) April 25, 2019

Anyone….and I mean anyone can be a Mr SA finalist

— Culprit (@CulpritEnter) April 25, 2019

I get where you’re coming from, but I think the outrage is mostly with the high entry standard Miss SA has verses the low entry standard Mr SA.
Patriarchy rearing its ugly head.

— L U L U (@Lulee) April 25, 2019

The Mr SA Finalist is a true reflection of how SA men look like.

Accept these fact fellas

— Culprit (@CulpritEnter) April 25, 2019

Mr south Africa finalist 2019 vs the real mr SA

— #HipHopSavedMylife (@just_EPHRAIM) April 25, 2019

What’s hilarious about backlash around #MrSouthAfrica is how some men are complaining that contestants are being victimised, harrassed & judged unfairly for their appearance.


Take it on the chin😅

— Grant Caswell (@TheGrantC) April 25, 2019

Look, I’m trying not to judge but I rate Mr South Africa peaked with @ArmandDuPMrSA 😂👌🏾

— Tshego Khunou 🧚🏾‍♀ (@xoxo_Tee) April 25, 2019

Miss SA: Must be 5’7, weigh 60kg, have hair shoulder length, must be beautiful, can’t have a stretch mark, has to have a good credit rating, must be able to stop Thanos and cure cancer

Mr SA: hAvE gOoD hEaRt pLs

— konkie (@ebrahimj_) April 25, 2019

The official Mr South Africa Twitter account later deleted the list of the finalists. 

Now this is the mentality we love. Thank you!

— Mr South Africa (@MrSAofficial) April 25, 2019