After weeks of preparing for the beauty pageant which included a lot of pageant competition training and primping classes, 10 beautiful hopeful contestants gave their final best shot last Friday for a chance to be crowned the most beautiful girl in Kenya and 23 year old Wangui Gitonga, a Linguistics student at German school emerged the winner.
Wangui who describes herself as humble and resilient could not believe the coveted crown was all hers and she couldn’t help but shed tears of joy. She explains that with her discipline and her newly acquired title she will try and help change lives for young boys and girls who are facing sexual exploitation across the country. Besides the beautiful crown, which she took over from the outgoing Miss World Kenya 2012 Shamim Nabil , Ms Wangui took home a check worth Ksh1 Million.
The 1st Runner-up was 21 year old Leah Tesfamariam, a first year International Relations student at Maseno University who took home a cash prize of Ksh100, 000 and the 2nd runner-up prize went to 21 year old Sophia Umwiza a student at Mass Communication Multimedia University who took home a cash prize of ksh50, 000.
The other contestants were Ubah Musa, Tabitha Maina, Yvonne Amondi, Purity Michael, Paynette Nyawara, Janet Tianda and Alice Mutiso. Ubah Musa was crowned Miss Congeniality.
The Miss World criteria for choosing the fairest among all requires that aside from being at least 5’7 tall and slight in weight, a beauty queen should have flawless skin and a near perfect dental formula. It would seem Wangui has what it takes according to the Miss World Kenya beauty pageant judges. Wangui will represent Kenya in the 2013 Miss World competition to be held in Indonesia in September.