Getting to know Miss Walvis Bay

A beauty queen is hard at work to earn a spot in the Miss Namibia pageant.

29 April 2019 | People

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw

Julia Kandjimbi (21), a final year fashion student at the College of the Arts, is the reigning Miss Walvis Bay.

Born and raised in Windhoek, she attended Martti Ahtisaari Primary School and completed her secondary school education at Rocky Crest High School in 2016.

“I always had a passion for modelling since the age of five. One of my earliest memories is modelling in the hallway of our house.”

She has participated in about 13 pageants across the country and scooped titles such as Miss Crayfish Lüderitz, the first Miss Mining Oranjemund, as well as Miss Ruacana in 2018.

“I’ve also scooped numerous first princess titles at various pageants and was named as the Most Hardworking Model at the Miss Outapi pageant last year.”

Kandjimibi won the Miss Walvis Bay title with her second attempt in the pageant.

“The first time I was crowned as second princess and decided to take a chance in 2019 again. Each time I enter a competition I feel I am living my purpose. Each competition is a stepping stone for me which I believe takes me closer to my ultimate dream; being on the Miss Namibia stage where I can show the entire nation who and what I am.”

The beauty queen said she felt intimidated and scared during the Miss Walvis Bay pageant.

“I was surrounded by beautiful ladies who could have easily snatched the crown. The competition was tough. I did my best and God made the rest happen.”

Kandjimbi’s first princess was Elmories Orus, and her second princess was Victoria Mutilifa. Annuschka Cockrell won the Miss Viewer’s Choice competition, which was conducted online, with a total of 126 votes. Kayleigh Claassen won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality titles.

The reigning Miss Walvis Bay plans to implement a few projects before she hands over her crown later this year.

She will be working in conjunction with the Walvis Bay municipality to launch the One Dollar project as part of the social responsibility component of the pageant.

“I am at my happiest when I am surrounded by children. I am planning a fun day for children who live at the local orphanages, including those living in woman and child abuse shelters.”

She also wants to host talks for young girls and boys on the importance of talent development from an early age.

“This will also include the parents, as some still do not understand the importance of allowing children to do what they are good at. I would like to put a stop to abuse of young models that are being taken advantage of.”

She is also of the opinion that most pageant organisers don’t really know the importance of models, and she would like to put an end to this.

She explained that participating in a beauty pageant is a platform where you can present yourself as an individual, showing what you are made of.

“Pageants allow you to shine your inner light. It shows how you handle yourself when under pressure. It teaches self-confidence, social skills and public speaking skills. You get to mingle with other people from different backgrounds. I believe it’s important that we get exposed to these type of platforms, as it builds you. At times when you fail or get knocked down, you get back up and try again.”

Budding entrepreneur

Aside from being a beauty queen, she also owns a business, Isha’s Fashion Designs CC, which produces clothing designs and trains upcoming models.

“I recently teamed up with a photographer, Michael Hamukwaya, as well as a make-up artist, Susan Basson, to take this business to higher heights.”

She advises aspiring models to take a leap of faith.

“Decide on your own fate, create your own path. When it comes to your dreams, make things happen for yourself. Believe in yourself. The smallest steps in the right direction will lead to beautiful destinations. There’s power in your thoughts and in your words.”

Monique Smith, a former Miss De Duine, Miss Walvis Bay, Miss Tourism World Namibia and semi-finalist in the Miss Namibia 2018 pageant, will take over the reins of organising the Miss Walvis Bay beauty pageant from Nikita Melani of Kietz Entertainment who organised and hosted the event since 2012.

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