Sanya, CHINA – The judges looked out for two main qualities from the contestants: confidence and eloquence.
And that’s exactly what Uganda’s representative Quiin Abenakyo exhibited the very moment she took the mic in a duel against Argentina’s Victoria Soto.
The two beauty queens were facing off in a Head-to-Head Challenge of the Miss World 2018, where 10 spots for the Top 30 were up for grabs. By the time Abenakyo and her rival stood up to make a case for their respective projects, nine finalists had already been confirmed.
While Soto talked hope and equal opportunities, Abenakyo, 22, drummed up support for the girl child in a project titled ‘Fighting Teenage Pregnancies’.
However, the Head To Head Challenge ended on a historical moment when representative Quiin ABENAKYO from Uganda secured a place for the first time in the top 30 for Miss World 2018.
Miss Uganda had no words to express how she was feeling, in her own words she said:
“I am very proud and humbled for having done this for my country”
Uganda’s Beauty with a Purpose project is fighting teenage pregnancies.
1 in 4 adolescent girls ages 14 to 19 either have a child or pregnant. This has led to school dropouts, health complications like fistula, some girls are banished from home leaving them helpless.
Quiin ABENAKYO further said, “I believe they all have dreams and goals to achieve. My objective is to put into action my Beauty with a Purpose project using the opportunity given to me by the Miss Uganda foundation and Miss World organisation to achievably bring to the fore front of the world stage causes that promote the sanity of human life especially the girl child.”
Everyone present was inspired by this moment to see Uganda’s Beauty with a Purpose project recognised, supporting to equip and skill the girl child so that they can reach their full potential, through the keep the girl child in school campaign.