From The ‘Lupita’ of Kalenjin and Kenya to bagging Africa’s most beautiful title, a story of a Kalenjin daughter is told, who not only impressed the country but also continent. In Arise Nandi’s Youth of the Month program, we published about Magline Jeruto, Miss World Kenya who went to participate in the world pageant competitions, and she did did pretty well.
Miss World Kenya crown holder Magline Jeruto is the new Miss World Africa after she narrowly missed the coveted Miss World crown during a grand event held in china over the weekend.
The 24-year old travel consultant was the only African model to make it top five finalists spot at the glamorous ceremony during which India’s Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World.
The Sanya City Arena event televised and followed by millions globally, with representation from over 100 countries, saw Kenya retain the African Crown. The same crown was won by Everlyn Njambi at last year’s pageant.
When the final call was made, it was Manushi who carried the day as Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza took the second and third slot respectively.
Manushi’s win brings an end 17-year dry spell at the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant. Kenya stamped her authority as the most consistent African country at the top in the last four years.
“I am elated to have won the African title and I thank everyone for the support I received that helped me make it that far. It wasn’t an easy contest,” Ms Jeruto, who comes from Elgeyo Marakwet County, told Monday Blues after the win.
“We thank God for propelling us to the top again. For the second year running, we’re bringing back the African crown home and that is a great feat. We have had many challenges but against all odds, we manage to beat the world,” said Terry Mungai the Miss World Kenya franchise holder who, last week, wrote an open letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene as her Miss World bills hit Sh 3million in China.
“We hope that through our consistent top performance Kenya can get a chance to host the Beauty with a Purpose Pageant next year. This would mean so much for a country that thrives on a tourism and a great cultural heritage as well as natural splendor,” added Ms Mungai.
In 2015, Kenyan representative Idah Nguma was crowned Miss World Beauty with a Purpose winner in London while 23-year old Miss Njambi was crowned Miss World Africa in the US last year.
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