The search for Rwanda’s most beautiful girl is over. And Iradukunda Elsa has successfully snatched the Crown for 2017 Miss Rwanda.
For Iradukunda from Western Province said the trick of winning the 2017 Miss Rwanda pageant was “Prayer”.
She trounced 15 contestants to get the prestigious crown.
The 15 finalists were earlier this month screened from a total of 26 contestants from all four provinces and Kigali city. These finalists have been undergoing several chores and training at a boot camp in preparation for this day.
Umutoniwase Linda, Iradukunda Elsa , Shimwa Guelda, Kalimpinya Queen and Umuhoza Fanique completed the top five.
Efforts from the boot camp show that the pageants have improved in skills such as ; public speaking, project design, general knowledge, and modeling among others.
Miss Rwanda is held under three pillars; Beauty, Brain and Culture.
For Iradukunda, during her reign as Miss Rwanda 2017, her target is to promote Made in Rwanda brands in order to enhance consumption of local products. Rwanda badly needs to cut down on its wide trade deficit by promoting locally manufactured products.
“If we are able to wear International brands like D&G, why can’t they also rock our local made in Rwanda products, “ Iradukunda said during her presentation insisting that in partnership with the ministry in charge and the Rwanda entrepreneurs they will set the bar high and make her dream come true.
Its a big deal to be crowned Miss Rwanda. Iradukunda has been handed a brand-new Suzuki Swift worth Rwf15 million, courtesy of Cogebanque, a local bank. And she will be earning a monthly salary of Rwf800,000.
Uwase Hirwa Honorine famously known as Igisabo was announced Miss Popularity, Elsa Iradukunda Miss Congeniality, Nadia Umutesi as Miss Photogenic.
Isimbi Fanique was crowned the fourth runner, Kalimpinya Queen the third runner up, Umutoniwase Linda the second runner and the first runner was Shimwa Guelda.
The highlight of the events will remain the biggest, all contestants were awarded full scholarships to attend Mahtama Gandhi Univeristy and outgoing Miss Mutesi Jolly was officially made the brand ambassador of Rwandair.
According to organizers, the selection process follows strict rules and guidelines – contestants are subjected to different challenges from which judges decide winners based on their abilities to transform into role models while contributing to Rwanda’s social and cultural progress.