Chelsi pleads with Namibians to develop nation

A local beauty queen was crowned as Miss Namibia and also took home the accolades for top model Miss Photogenic.

10 June 2021 | Local News

Chelsi Shikongo; Miss Namibia 2021; “…my impact, impacts each and every Namibian.”

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Walvis Bay-raised model Chelsi Shikongo was crowned Miss Namibia 2021 at the pageant’s finale which was held virtually from the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino last Saturday.

Annerie Maré was named runner-up with Michelle Mukuve as the second runner-up.

It was the first ever beauty pageant that the former Kuisebmond Secondary School learner had won. The beauty queen also walked away with the top model as well as the most photogenic accolades on the night.

Speaking to Erongo 24/7, she urged Namibians to want what’s better for each other.

“We must work together and with the Miss Namibia organization to develop our nation because my impact, impacts each and every Namibian.”

The reigning Miss Namibia who is gifted not only with beauty but intelligence, started modelling in 2010, and began modelling professionally in 2016.

Chelsi says that she was overwhelmed to have won all the awards as she did not expect it.

“I am excited to be representing Namibia as a goodwill ambassador and am looking forward to representing my country at international pageants like Miss Universe. I watched this year’s [Miss Universe] show and think it will be really interesting.”

Shikongo also shared details of the charity project which she will embark on during the year of her reign.

“I am going to create a platform for having a conversation that has to do with the relationship we have with food and how it affects our body image and our metal wellness. We should really invest in healthy living as Namibians.”

She says that the only way to do empower Namibians is to include them in the conversation.

When it comes to role models, she mentions Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

“He is my role model because I too believe that our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about things that matter.”

Chelsi follows in the footsteps of Marichen Luiperth of Swakopmund who won the coveted Miss Namibia crown in 2007.

She takes over from Nadja Breytenbach, who reigned as Miss Namibia and represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant in 2019.

There was no Miss Namibia pageant held in 2020 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.