So last night! So many thoughts on what happened at the Miss World Finale, the biggest beauty pageant that took place at the MGM National Harbor in Washington DC. Let’s start with the (now) former Miss World 2015, Mireia Lalaguna (Miss Spain) who made a statement looking back at her time saying “It was even more than what I imagined. My life has changed completely and I can say that I’m now a totally different person. I have grown so much. Helping others and traveling is the best way to learn about yourself.” She relinquished her crown last night to 19yr old Stephanie Del Valle Miss Puerto Rico, who is Miss World 2016, the first time since 1975 that they’re taking the top spot.
This year Kenya, was represented by Evelyn Njambi who was originally the 1st runner up, and only took that spot when Roshanara Ebrahim, was dethroned following a ‘breach in the code of conduct and contract.’ The closest we’ve ever come to the crown was, 7th back in 2014 when Idah Ngumo, winner of the Beauty with a Purpose fast track, was our representative. That was until now!
We didn’t win a fast track this year but we made it into the top 5! This is our best year EVER! As I followed the event online, it was anxiety and nervousness for Evelyn, who was left standing among the last 3, dressed in a brilliant red mermaid gown, with a sheer silhouette and plunging neckline courtesy of Kenyan designer Ogake Mosomi after the 2nd Runner up, Miss Indonesia, then the 1st runner up, Miss Dominican Republic were announced. “We could actually win!” is what I thought! I was almost right and very proud of Evelyn for getting us this far in the competition.
Other winners for the various fast track events include:
Miss World 2016 Beauty with a Purpose – Miss Indonesia, Natasha Mannuela
Miss World 2016 Talent – Miss Mongolia, Bayartsetseg Altangerel
Miss World 2016 Sports and Fitness – Miss Cook Island, Natalia Short
Miss World 2016 Multimedia – Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray
Miss World 2016 Top Model – PR China, Jing Kong
Miss World 2016 People Choice Award – Miss Mongolia Bayartsetseg Altangerel