22 April 1992 (age 22)
Volksrust, South Africa
Alma mater: University of the Free State
Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue/Green
Miss World 2014
Miss South Africa 2014
Miss South Africa 2011 (Top 5)
Miss South Africa 2014(Winner)
Miss World 2014 (Winner)
Strauss was born in Volksrust, South Africa, the daughter of Theresa, a nurse, and Hennie Strauss, a doctor. In the year 2000, at 8 years of age, Rolene Strauss witnessed the crowning of Jo-Ann Strauss (unrelated) as Miss SA. She dreamed of winning the title herself, and she did so in March 2014.
Rolene is a mining engineering student (1st year) and is currently studying towards her degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, but is originally from Volksrust, Mpumalanga
When Strauss was 15 years old, she competed in and won the national selection for the Elite Model Look International. She is the youngest winner nationally and beat 11 other contestants vying for the same title.
Seymour and Gisele Bündchen. None of these women won in the year they competed, but still attained critical and international success. Strauss placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa 2011 when Melinda Bam became the new titleholder of Miss SA 2011. She returned two years later to compete in the 2013 Pageant and was crowned as Miss South Africa 2014 representing the Free State city of Bloemfontein on March 30, 2014 at a ceremony held at the Sun City Super Bowl, South Africa.