Today we take a small detour from the business of blogging to talk about the Miss Kenya launch. It was held on the 19th of May at the Hilton Hotel and a wide range of people, from press to bloggers to sponsors and past contestants who all turned up in style to show their support for the prestigious event.
For anyone interested in participating, this is the order of events:
- Submissions, which are to be made via the website (misskenya.org) or in person at the Tony Chira studios located in town at Victoria House 3rd Floor, 301. next to Jade Collections.
- A national audition for those who would rather make their case in person, to be held this Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of June. Only one audition will be held in Nairobi, as opposed to multiple ones around the country because they only want to attract serious talent. The registration form is available on their website, as only registered aspirants will be allowed to audition.
- Orientation, for the chosen few, will be held on the 12th of July in order to give the team ample time (about a month) to select the right candidates.
- Training begins on 13th July, giving the girls enough time between casting and the finale to become well-versed in what it takes to compete internationally.
- Gala night on the 1st of August where the winners will be crowned.
A few changes have been made this year, beginning with the contest itself. They have introduced three categories up for grabs, that is: Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Grand International. This means that they will present three girls for the international competition as opposed to one, increasing the chances of a Kenyan succeeding
The purpose of the event is to find the right candidate to present infront of an international panel of judges, who will judge what Kenya has to offer from the sample they see. So these girls need to encompass all of our ideals, and be eloquent enough to make a case for the causes closest to their hearts. That’s a lot of pressure, which is why they deserve our support. So show some love to them by enouraging those you think would stand a chance to apply before the deadline of 10th June!
Another change that they’ve made is the inclusion of men into the competition. No, the men will not be competing for any title. They will simply partner up with the women in order to give them the moral support needed to make it through the competition.
I attended the event with my blogger friend Winnie of FitNDiscover (fitndiscover.com) and it proved to be a great networking opportunity because we met fellow fashion blogger Winnie The Fashionista (winniethefashionista.com) there, as well as fashion writers and other media personalities.
As a blogger, your networks are your net worth so it’s important to get involved in as may industry related activites as you can find. For anyone interested in the event, there are three crowns up for grabs this year and far less stringent regulations about things like height, so more people stand a chance of representing Kenya in the international pageant scene. This year’s competition also has a very heavy earth-agenda, with the winners getting the chance to work with the Twende Green Initiative, whose goal is to plant 10 million trees in 10 years.
So spread the word and keep an eye out for them on social media!