Kauhaie wins the crown

Miss Teen Swakopmund 2020

20 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Olivia Christians; Miss Teen Swakopmund 2020 judge; “I think our winner should put the needs of others before her own.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Amalia Kauhaie was crowned Miss Teen Swakopmund 2020 during the final hosted at The Loft on Saturday evening.

She said that she was overjoyed and surprised that she had bagged the title.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was looking at the other girls, thinking they would win, but I am beyond happy!”

The “Mr Teen” section of the pageant was cancelled.

Judges Babitjie Franz, Olivia Christians and Maria Ugams all agreed that they were looking for a young lady who would put her community first.

“I think our winner should put the needs of others before her own,” Christians said before the crowning.

The pageant theme was “All over the world” and the eight contestants represented different countries. The winner represented Saudi Arabia while Grace Awaras, who was crowned first princess, represented the Land of the Brave. Emmerencia Eiases, who represented Egypt, was crowned second princess. Loide Asino, who represented China, was crowned Miss Congeniality; Amoret Crugeiras (Canada) won Miss Photogenic; and Venezuela representative Aina Bauleth walked away with the Viewer’s Choice award.

Sashmilke Kubas, who made the top 5 cut, was awarded for her outstanding commitment.

‘Complicated reign’

Before handing over her crown, Miss Teen Swakopmund 2019 Renella Matthews said that the Covid-19 pandemic severely complicated her duties as queen.

However, having handed over the crown, she said her studies will be her first priority.

“Since I am in matric, I am focusing on going to university and completing my dream to become an actuary.”

Jonathan Harris, chairperson of the Swakopmund Youth Organisation that hosted the competition, said that unlike Matthews’ experience, the Covid-19 pandemic did not complicate the planning process.

“I think the planning went smoothly despite the pandemic. We allowed a limited number of relatives of the contestants to attend the event and streamed it live on social media,” he said.

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