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Miss World Beauty Pageant 2021 Temporarily Postponed due to Covid-19 Omicron Variant Outbreak

The coronation ceremony of the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant that was scheduled to be held on 16th December 2021 has been temporarily postponed due to the Covid-19 cases amongst the contestants and other staff. The organization has to postpone the global broadcast finale due to the safety interests of its staff and contestants.

Reportedly, 17 people, including the contestants and crew of the organization contracted the coronavirus. These contestants also include India’s Manasa Varanasi, Indonesia’s Carla Yules, and Malaysia’s Lavanya SIvaji among others. The Miss World Organisation announced the news of the COVID-19 outbreak which led to the postponement of the show. The organization released an official statement via their social media.

The official statement read, “Miss World 2021 temporarily postpones global broadcast finale in Puerto Rico due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and the general public. The finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.”

“As of yesterday, additional safety measures were implemented in the best interest of the contestants, production team, and spectators, understanding the event’s increased risks on the stage and in the dressing room. However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made.

The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation, and further testing according to best practices in situations like this. Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries.” they added.

Julia Morley, Miss World chairman, also addressed the situation to share, “We are very much looking forward to the return of our contestants, (who we have grown to know and love), to compete for the Miss World crown.” After meeting with the virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the Miss World 2021 event and discussing with the Puerto Rico Health Department, the decision was made by the organizers of the event to postpone the globally broadcast finale at the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held within the next 90 days.

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Sharon Obara Crowned Miss World Kenya 2021 Winner at Trademark Hotel

Sharon Obara is the newly crowned Miss World Kenya. The beauty was crowned at an event held at The Trademark Hotel last evening in the presence of dignitaries, government officials, former beauty queens, and other invited guests. Chantou Kwamboka and Mwihaki Njogu took second and third place, respectively, Mokeira Onchiri took home the people’s choice award.

Sharon, whose biggest fear is living a mediocre life, takes over the crown from Wavinya Maria, who was emotional while handing over the throne to her.

The event saw guests entertained to the different categories in the pageant, including the dance segment, cultural wear, and the evening gown category.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris were some of the government officials present. The CS was accompanied by Jomo Kenyatta and Jomo Pratt.

The elated CS, whose birthday was yesterday, promised to support the pageant further.
“As a ministry, we will step up and support this pageant. The kind of beauty and talent witnessed here today is one that cannot be undermined. Kenya has a lot of beauty”, said Mucheru as he made his remarks.

“It is my birthday today and I must say I chose the best place to celebrate this day,” said Mr. Joe Mucheru.

On her part, an emotional Terry Mungai, the franchise owner and CEO, was thankful for everyone present and was grateful to hear that the government would step in and support the work she has been doing with her able team for years.

“I have waited to hear the words that the government will support The Miss World Kenya franchise. Not that I haven’t heard these words before but I am happy to hear them from a man who truly means it”, said a teary Madam Terry.

The glam event saw guests dressed to the nines and had Obinna and Angela Muiruri as the emcees for the night.

Miss World Kenya 2021 judges included Emcee Ted Kwaka, singer Size 8, life coach Robert Burare and former Miss World Kenya, winners.

With the crown, Ms. Obara will now represent the country at the Miss World finals in December in Puerto Rico where she will battle for the global title with other 141 contestants to stand a chance to walk away with Sh10 million.

For winning Miss World Kenya 2021, she took home the crown and Sh250,000 prize money.

Ms. Chanton Kwamboka, who emerged as the first runner-up, was awarded Sh150,000 while the second runner-up Mary Kwamboka pocketed Sh70,000.

Sharon Obara will represent the country in Puerto Rico in December at the global competition.


Mr and Miss World Kenya Beauty Pageantry 2021 Launched at Trademark Hotel

The 30th edition of The Miss World Kenya Competition will take place on August 28 at The Trademark Hotel in a star-studded event. The event, which did not take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be televised live as a reality TV show at the same venue.

This was announced yesterday morning by Ashley’s CEO and Franchise Director of The Mr and Miss World Kenya Mrs. Terry Mungai, at a morning event held at The Trademark Hotel to mark the launch of the pageantry competition.

“Although we notably skipped the event last year due to the pandemic, we are proud to announce that this year, we are back, bigger and better than we have ever been before”, said an elated Mungai.

“We hope to once again make our mark in the global map as has been the case in the previous years with beauty queens”.

Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Public Service and Gender Rachel Shebesh, who has also partnered with the franchise for the event was the chief guest.

“In honor of Wangari Maathai’s 10th anniversary, the franchise is going green this year. Going green means embracing a way of life that enables us to conserve the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling items. We have committed to planting over 3,000 trees,” said Mungai.

She added, “We are further excited to partner with CAS Shebesh for our Beauty with a Purpose project, in a bid to break the stigma surrounding mental health illness.”

Shebesh currently hosts a show, Shebesh Speaks, which raises awareness on mental health issues, and advocates against the social stigma attached to the disease.

“I speak about my illness as a survivor and not a victim”, she said.

Shebesh has not shied away from speaking out about her experience living with bipolar disorder.

“We are here to champion the course that is mental illness. We cannot ignore that there has been a rise in mental health cases during this pandemic period. It is okay not to be okay, ni sawa kukosa kuwa sawa”, said the CAS.

“I am glad that Mr and Miss World Kenya through Mrs. Terry Mungai, CEO of Ashleys Kenya Ltd have partnered with my show #ShebeshSpeaks”, a show on mental health that is hosted through Shebesh social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The objective of the show is to:

  • Raise awareness on mental health issues
  • Advocate against social stigma
  • Discuss ways to make mental health care in Kenya a reality

Mental health discussions will form part of the participants in the Mr and Miss World 2021 event.

The event was also attended by Wavinya Maria, the reigning Miss World Kenya who finished 6th in The Miss World Competition held in London in 2019. Mr. World Kenya 2019 Franklyne Asoyo was also in attendance.

“I always knew that my reign as Miss World Kenya would be like no other. I am grateful for the opportunity to have raised the Kenyan flag high as well as advocate for ending period poverty and providing sanitary towels in different counties in the country. It was an impactful experience”, said Wavinya.

The global event is set to take place in December in Puerto Rico. This will mark the event’s 70th anniversary.

Content courtesy of Mr and Miss World Kenya & Nairobi fashion hub 

Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh Crowned Miss World 2019

Toni-Ann Singh (born 1996) is a Jamaican -American actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World 2019. She was previously crowned Miss Jamaica World 2019, and is the fourth woman from Jamaica to win Miss World.

The family immigrated to the United States when Singh was aged nine, settling in Florida. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she graduated with a degree in women’s studies and psychology.

Singh was born in Morant Bay, Jamaica. Her parents are from Jamaica; her mother is of African-Caribbean descent, while her father is of Indo-Caribbean descent.

In 2019, Singh competed in the Miss Jamaica World 2019 competition, where she ultimately won the title. Afterwards, Singh was given the right to represent Jamaica at Miss World 2019.

Singh left for London in November 2019, to participate in the Miss World pre-pageant activities. Singh placed in the top 40 of the Top Model competition and won the talent competition, which granted her direct entry into the top 40 semifinals. Finals night was held on 14 December at ExCeL London, where Singh advanced from the top 40 to the top 12, and ultimately to the top five. She was then crowned the winner, besting first runner-up Ophély Mézino of France and second runner-up Suman Rao of India.  With her win, Singh became the fourth Jamaican woman to hold the title, with the last being Lisa Hanna who was crowned Miss World 1993, and the first black woman to win Miss World since Agbani Darego of Nigeria won Miss World 2001.Her win also made 2019 the first ever year that black women won the two most prestigious beauty pageant titles in the world, after Zozibini Tunzi became South Africa’s first ever black woman to have won the Miss Universe title.

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World on Saturday.

“To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE,” Singh tweeted on Saturday.

Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychology and women studies graduate of the Florida State University.

Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica is the 69th #Missworld pic.twitter.com/tgyTFFiuKU

— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) December 14, 2019

Prior to the winning the pageant, Singh was taking a year off from school before attending medical school.

On Saturday, she earned an ovation from the audience after singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” during the beauty pageant and after a round of questions from British journalist Piers Morgan.

“I think I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” she told Morgan.

The two runners-up for the crown were Miss France and Miss India. Singh was crowned by last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico.

This is the fourth time that a representative from Jamaica is crowned as Miss World since 1959. Jamaica has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993.

#MissWorld2019 crowning moment…#MissWorld #London pic.twitter.com/oCvrD5s0TN

— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) December 14, 2019

It’s also the first time that all top beauty pageants — Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and now, Miss World — have crowned black women as their winners.

Last weekend, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was named Miss Universe after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts and answering questions about social issues.

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Winner of Mr & Miss World Kenya 2019 Beauty Pageant

Mr & Miss World Kenya 2019/2020 beauty  pageant finals went down on Saturday night , October 5 at the Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi county, The event was emceed by Kenya’s top comedian Oga Obbina and Kenyan Queen Angela Wambui.

Apart from showcasing fashion, Kenyan beauty and the culture of Kenya , the event also gave room for entertainment from guest artists. Some of the musicians who graced the event include Khaligraph Jones and other traditional music groups.

The 2019 edition was won by Wavinya Maria and Frank Asoyo , 18 years old Maria Wavinya was crowned Miss World Kenya 2019. She succeeds last year’s winner, Finali Galaiya, and will now prepare to represent her country at the Miss World 2019 pageant in London, England in December,Elsie Stephens and Bernice Nunah were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Miss World Kenya 2019/2020 Maria Wavinya holding a dummy cheque at the center while posing for a photo with  CS Prof : Margaret Kobia and Ashleys Kenya Limited CEO Mrs. Terry Mungai

My name is Maria Wavinya from Nyandarua county and I’m 18 years old. I believe that the journey is never too easy unless its leading to failure. One fun fact about life is that we become what we think and communication is and will always be the backbone to strong leadership.

Elsie announced she was joining the Miss World Kenya competition in late September. Elsie, a beauty queen in her own right, has participated in other contests emerging 2nd runners-up in the 2018 edition of the Miss Universe Kenya.

Mr World Kenya 2019 title went to Franklyne Asoyo,He will compete in the next edition of Mr World pageant,

Mr World Kenya 2019/2020 Franklyne Asoyo holding a dummy cheque at the center while posing for a photo with CS Prof : Margaret Kobia and Ashleys Kenya Limited CEO Mrs. Terry Mungai


The runners-up from the men’s category were Simon Peter Kangere and Keith Nicktones ,Kenya is yet to win the Miss World and Mr World pageants.

#MrandMissWorldKenya #MrandMissWorldKenya2019

Content courtesy of Mr & Miss World Kenya & Nairobi Fashion Hub 

Uganda International Fashion Week 2019 Returns

After a while without the much anticipated Uganda International Fashion Week in the eyes of several fashion diehards, the event finally returned last week at the Kampala Serena Hotel. To create a difference this time around, designs showcased were fused with a rich South African touch of fashion. The event was not a one-day affair, it started earlier with a couple of fashion activities.

Form is temporary, class is permanent. Arapapa’s Santa Anzo lived true to the adage when her Uganda International Fashion Week (UIFW) made a grand comeback at the Kampala Serena Hotel, last week from on 2nd to 4th of August, 2019.
Hosted by ARAPAPA by Santa Anzo in proud association with South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, UIFW 2019 lived up to its billing as Uganda’s biggest fashion event, even after a decade hiatus.

The event’s main focus, which emphasized ‘The Business Behind Fashion,’ magnified the potential of fashion as a vehicle for swift economic development in Africa.

“Fashion, like Petroleum and Gas, Communication and Tourism, Agriculture and Transport is a multi-billion industry awaiting exploitation. Uganda, the time is now!” said Santa Anzo, MD and Chief Fashion Designer, Arapapa while addressing the fashion enthusiasts who attended the event.
The Uganda International Fashion Week climaxed with a grand showcase featuring some of Africa’s finest designers including four South Africans and home-grown talent. With international fashion producer Jan Malan directing the show, it met the standards of a showcase in the fashion capitals of the world like Paris, Milan and New York.

The designers who showcased included Alvada Collections, Judith Artelier and Mmuso Maxwell from South Africa, plus Uganda’s Arapapa by Santa Anzo, Abbas Kaijuka of Kia’s Divo Collection, Paula Butagira and Fatumah Asha.

Away from the runway showcases, the two-day event included highly interactive seminars, discussion panels, knowledge-sharing, mentorship and master class sessions.

Another objective of UIFW is to create an intersection between fashion and tourism. Uganda Tourism Board CEO Lilly Ajarova used the event to sell Uganda’s tourism offerings to guests including the fact that Uganda has more than 50 percent of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population, the source of the River Nile and the second largest fresh water body in the world. Ajarova said that tourists are looking for more offerings apart from natural resources and noted that this is an opportunity our unique fashion can tap into.

Founded in 2003, UIFW has inspired, nurtured and developed the local fashion industry into a vibrant sector, recognized by the business sector, academia, tourism sector, government and diplomatic missions.
The event was made possible by support from Uganda Tourism Board, Kansai Plascon and Kampala Serena Hotel.

The finallist designers at  Uganda international Fashion Week were, Fatumah Asha, Kai’s Divo Collection, Giosef by Paula Butagira, Judith collections from South Africa and Arapapa by Santa Anzo. Other notables were Abryanz, Judith Heard and Joram Muzira among others. Besides the runway cut walks, guests were ear-massaged by the talented saxophonist, Joseph Sax.

Content courtesy of UIFW & Nairobi fashion hub 

Meet the Ugandan Who dressed Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon

Renown Ugandan fashion stylist Christine Akello better know as Tina Brad , is the brilliant mind behind the gown which reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon wore at the Miss Uganda 2019 grand finale.

The gown which Vanessa Ponce De Leon wore at the event was styled by Christine Akello Bradshaw, commonly known as Tina Brad, is known for her sense of style. Her boutique Tina Brad Store is a favourite for Ugandan fashionistas

Reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon wore a stunning champagne colored gown from Award winning Ugandan celebrity stylist Tina Brad, to the Miss Uganda 2019 Grand Finale at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel on the 26th of July 2019.

The gown was masterfully designed to showcase a chic and modern look inspired by the Gomesi, a traditional attire famous in the Central region of Uganda since 1940. Tina Brad shares an in-depth insight into how she expressed the beauty of the Gomesi into a gorgeous and contemporary evening gown for the Reigning Miss World.


The first noticeable feature on the gown are the sleeves. Traditionally, the Gomesi has short, puffed sleeves however Miss World’s gown was designed with off shoulder sleeves to give it an in vogue appeal whilst maintaining the frame.
A kikooyi or Kanga is an inner garment tied underneath the linen of Gomesi to ensure the fabric does not stick to the body. This is meant to accentuate the elegance and decency of the attire.

Miss World’s gown had a dress underneath inspired by the Kikooyi. The belt on Miss World’s gown featured a skirt spread on top of her dress giving
prominence to the final part of the Gomesi inspired look which is the Sash. A Gomesi is tied with a sash placed below the waist over the hips to not only give the attire shape but also to make it fashionable. Miss World’s sash or belt stylishly mimicked the complete look of a Gomesi with the addition of a decorous trail.

Model : Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon
Dressed By : Tina Brad
Photo credit : Hannz Photography

Content courtesy of Paul Atwine & Nairobi Fashion Hub