Marciel Hopkins


Marciel Hopkins (born February 17, 1993) is a South African television presenter, actress, and plus-size model. She is best known for contesting in the 2016 Miss South Africa pageant and left the competition among the Top 12 finalists.

Two years after the competition, Marciel returned to her pre-weight after dropping four kg in four months for the competition. She is also a life coach, motivational speaker, and social media influencer. 

Marciel Hopkins
Marciel Hopkins biography
Marciel Hopkins rose to prominence as one of the Top 12 finalists in the 2016 Miss South Africa pageant.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Marciel Hopkins
Born:February 17, 1993 (age 30 years old)
Origin:Paarl, Western Cape
Alma mater:University of Stellenbosch
Parents:Charles Hopkins (father), Annaline (mother)
Spouse:Handré Lourens
Occupation:Model, television presenter, motivational speaker
Known for:Miss South Africa finalist
Height:5 feets 10 inches

Early Life

Marciel Hopkins was born on February 17, 1993, to Annaline, her mother and biggest supporter, and her father, Charles Hopkins. Her father is the winemaker on the De Grendel wine farm near Cape Town. She hails from Paarl in the Western Cape.


Hopkins graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a BA in Drama degree. In 2016, she obtained an Honours degree in Psychology.


On April 30, 2013, she played a guest-starring role in one of the episodes of Die Boland Moorde. She appeared as a student in Season one, Episode five of the kykNET crime anthology series.

In 2020, she started to present the Afrikaans dating show Boer Soek ‘n Vrou. The show has helped many farmers across South Africa to find love. She took over from Leah in season 13.

Marciel works as a plus-size model, but before then, in 2015, she stunned by dropping 14 kg in four months for Miss SA.

Miss South Africa

Marciel Hopkins model

After being a contestant in the South African national beauty pageant in March, she knew that she would have to lose some weight, and she did.

Marciel started training two to three hours daily and doing cardio sessions over the weekends. 

After four months of intense workouts, she burned 14kg to be bikini ready for the competition. She made it to the top 12 Miss South Africa finalists.

Personal Life

Television presenter Marciel Hopkins tied the knot with Handré Lourens. The couple engaged at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, in July 2020.

Her lavish bridal shower took place in the Cape Winelands with beautiful views of Table Mountain from the De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant in the Plattekloof area. Marciel Hopkins lives in the Western Cape.

Weight loss

Her body transformation made her become a motivational speaker. She is passionate about it and talks about self-love, body acceptance, and personal growth.

The former Miss SA finalist has inspired many women in and outside South Africa to love and embrace themselves. She spreads messages of self-love and body positivity to young women.

Social Profile

Anyone who wants to know more about the plus-size model can look up her social media accounts. She posts everything fun about her going to the pool, personal times, beach times, and more.

Marciel Hopkins leaves many modeling shots and also runs some brand promotions. She loves having outdoor fun with her husband.


  • Boer soek ‘n Vrou as Host
  • Die Boland Moorde as Student
  • Miss South Africa as Finalist
  • Projek Dina as Jen