Melinda Bam

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Melinda Bam
Beauty pageant titleholder
Melinda Bam.jpg
Born Melinda de Kok
(1989-05-14) 14 May 1989 (age 27)[1]
Pretoria, South Africa
Alma mater University of Pretoria
Occupation Model, author, painter, fashion designer[2][3]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss South Africa 2011
Miss South Africa 2011
(Miss Tropika)
(Me Waterkloof and Candy Girl pageants)
Miss Universe 2012 (Top 10)

Melinda Bam (born 14 May 1989) is a South African director, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss South Africa 2011, becoming the official representative of her country to Miss Universe 2012.[4] She has a swimwear line called Bambshell, for which she worked with South African swimwear brand Dax Martin.[3]

Early life[edit]

Melinda Bam (born Melinda de Kok) was raised in Pretoria. She was born in 1989 and has one sister, Melissa. She is a model and a student of B.Com Marketing from the University of Pretoria. She entered Miss South Africa 2011 and won the pageant on her first attempt.

Miss South Africa 2011[edit]

She was crowned Miss South Africa 2011 at an event held at the Sun City Super Bowl on 11 December 2011.[4]

Miss Universe 2012[edit]

Melinda Bam represented South Africa in December at Miss Universe 2012, which was held in Las Vegas, and placed among the top 10.

She did not participate in the Miss World 2012 pageant because if a contestant reaches the top three of the pageant she is not permitted to enter Miss Universe. The 1st princess Remona Moodley represented South Africa at Miss World 2012 instead.[5]

Miss South Africa National Executive[edit]

In June 2013 it was announced that Melinda Bam was appointed as National Executive for the Miss South Africa Pageant, and she would be in charge of arranging potential sponsors for the pageant, as well as preparing the outgoing queen to both the Miss World and Miss Universe Pageants.

Personal life[edit]

Bam announced in November 2013 that she is engaged to Mr South Africa 2011, Adriaan Bergh. The two former beauty pageant title carriers got engaged during a holiday in Dubai. They were married in November 2014 at Oakfield Farm, Gauteng, South Africa. [6]


  1. ^ "TVSA Melinda Bam Profile". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Miss Universe Melinda Bam Profile". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Shangase, Zwelakhe (21 December 2012). "Top 10 for Melinda Bam". The New Age. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tukkies girl crowned Miss SA". Times Live. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Miss SA out, runner-up in for Miss World". 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  6. ^

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bokang Montjane
Miss South Africa
Succeeded by
Marilyn Ramos