"I would love to win Miss Universe but I know that it is also important to enjoy the experience," said Keshwar. "I am going to make the most of it and make South African people proud".
"My biggest fear of being around 86 beautiful girls is falling on stage and disappointing the country at the pageant," she said.During her month-long stay in the Bahamas,Keshwar will be dressed by some of South Africa's best designers. The likes of Malcolm KlÃ»k CGDT, Katherine Kidger, Gerrit Pienaar, Kendril Vermeulen and Haroun Hansrot have designing outfits for the various events that Keshwar will attend before the pageant. "I am definitely spoilt for choice with all the different dresses that I will be taking with me to the island, and I love every single one of them," she said. At the National Costume Show, Tatum will wear a design by South African RjKayn inspired by Zulu bridal dress.
On the night of the pageant, during which the beauties will be judged in swimwear and evening gowns , Keshwar will wear a JJ Schoeman frilled dress. "Tatum is a designer's dream to dress," said JJ Schoeman. "She has an incredible posture. She is tall, statuesque and slender."
She will also appear in a mint- green and silver gown by Charlene Sauerman.
Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar will be competing against contestants from 80 countries around the world in the Miss Universe competition in the Bahamas on August 23. If crowned Miss Universe, Keshwar will travel the globe as an advocate for education, research and legislation on HIV/AIDS.
The competition has recently became controversial when entrants from Sri Lanka, Northern Marianas, St Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago withdrew due to lack of sponsorship. They have been replaced with entrants from four other countries, Norway, CuraÇao, Lebanon and Turkey.