Miss Universe Sierra Leone beauty queen, Hawa Kamara, has stunned the world at the ongoing Miss Universe contest in Philippine. The ‘first timer’ has been making headlines since her appearance and is among the top 15 considered as favorite to win the enviable crown.
Kamara granted an interview to CNN on Saturday where she highlighted the huge potential of tourism in the country and welcomed everyone to visit.
CNN’s George Howell said in the intro of the interview that the Sierra Leone’s future seemed brighter despite its past experience with the Ebola epidemic and civil war.
The Beauty queen told CNN: “We have been going through so many tragedies in the country. Sierra Leone is known for so many problems, the Ebola virus and the civil war before. So this is an opportunity to shed a good light on us, this is an opportunity to not only make the world know about me personally but for the world to know about our country that we have all this great opportunity there as well.”
She said further, “I am welcoming everyone to come to Sierra Leone. I am here to tell people that Sierra Leone is open and Sierra Leone is safe. You can come anytime.”
She also spoke about her natural beauty in the CNN interview. She said she hoped to win the Miss Universe crown on Sunday so that she could better advocate on HIV aids.
Hawa Kamara has been trending on Social Media also. Fidelito Suaverdez Combalicer, a Pilipino, posted this about the Sierra Leone contestant on Facebook: “She will be crowned Miss Universe 2016.
The Philippines love Her. Everytime she comes out on stage, resounding applause greets her.
She’s one of the favorites. Good luck Hawa Kamara!! We the people of the Philippines love you sooo much.”
Leslie Deus-Irang also posted this: “I am a Filipino and I love Ms. Sierra Leone!”
Sierra Leone is represented for the first time in 65 years since the Miss Universe pageant was found.
Natasha Beckeley, former Miss Sierra Leone who is also the franchise owner of Miss Universe Sierra Leone, said her IAM SL agency trains girls to become Ambassadors of Sierra Leone and not just beauty queens.. She said she trains her girls to embody the good of Sierra Leone. Her agency also has the franchise for Miss Earth Sierra Leone, Miss Tourism Queen Sierra Leone and Miss International.
Natasha said she is very happy with the successes of Hawa Kamara. She said she planned to send Hawa Kamara to another event in Vietnam.
The winner of Miss Universe 2017 will be crowned on Sunday. You can vote for Hawa by downloading the vodi App.
You can watch the CNN interview here later: