Tatum Keshwar was crowned Miss South Africa 2008. She represented South Africa at Miss Universe 2009 and placed in the top 10. Keshwar also represented South Africa at Miss World 2009 and placed 2nd runner-up.
Keshwar represented her country in Miss Universe 2009 in Nassau, Bahamas where she made the finals and placed 7th overall.
Keshwar placed among the top 12 at the Miss World Top Model fast-track event and became one of the Top 3 finalists during Miss World 2009 held on 12 December 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Out of the seven delegates who competed at both Miss Universe and Miss World, Keshwar and Chloé Mortaud of France were the only two who placed in the semifinals in both competitions. Keshwar, who ranked one position lower than Mortaud at the Miss Universe pageant earlier that year, finished higher than her French counterpart, being named Queen of Africa and crowned second princess at the finale.