Jacqueline Jeruto Komen returned home to a rousing welcome after winning the African title during the Miss Tourism World beauty competition in Melaka, Malaysia.
The 22-year-old law student at Kabarak University was received by among others, Baringo governor Banjamin Cheboi and his wife Emmy.
The Kenyan representative says she is still in shock after she was named Miss Tourism Africa. She was accompanied by Miss Tourism secretariat officials.
The continental queen was a picture of tradition and modernity. She wore Maasai regalia and completed her look with a glittering tiara.
“I am thrilled and still in shock at the win. I am excited to have represented Kenya and won the continental title. I am ready for the challenge of representing and advocating for my country and continent as
tourism destinations of choice,” Ms Komen said. The title doesn’t come with a cash reward but the winner gets a one year contract with allowances whereby she travels around the world under the auspices
of Tourism World Organisation.
Mrs Alice Kamunge of Miss Tourism Kenya said the pageant was not so much of a beauty contest but a way for counties to market themselves.
“Every county sends a representative who can best articulate opportunities and potential they have,” said Ms Kamunge.
The pageant accepts unmarried girls aged between 21 and 28.
“Unlike other pageants, mothers can contest as long as they are unwed so that they can fully commit to contractual obligations that come with their title,” Ms Kamunge added.
“They must also be intelligent. We only accept contestants who score grade C and above in KCSE.”
This is the second successive year Kenya has bagged the title. Narok County’s Marley Sianto Sikawa won it last year and went on to model in the New York Fashion Week.
Miss Tourism embraces body diversity without sticking to certain body measurements and is highly regarded. However, Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants are considered more prestigious.
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