Wangui Gitonga was on Friday crowned the Miss Kenya World 2013, after beating nine other contestants in a much-anticipated competition that took several weeks of preparation.
23-year-old Wangui, a Linguistics student at a Nairobi-based German school, takes the crown of the most beautiful girl in the country from outgoing Miss World Kenya 2012 Shamim Nabil and a cash prize of Ksh1 million.
In addition to marketing Kenya abroad as an amazing tourist destination, Wangui, who describes herself as humble and resilient, intends to use her newly acquired title to transform the lives of young boys and girls who are facing sexual exploitation in the country.
21-year-old Leah Tesfamariam, an International Relations student at Maseno University, emerged as the first runner-up, a position that accompanied with a cash prize of Ksh100,000. The second runner-up prize of Ksh50,000 went to Sophia Umwiza, a student at Multimedia University.
Wangui will represent Kenya in the 2013 Miss World competition to be held in Indonesia in September.
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.
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