25 beauty queens to fight for Miss African Spirit 2011 crown

The 2nd annual Miss African Spirit pageant will take place on 25th June 2011 in Milton Keynes.

At a time when pageants are glorified fashion shows, when it seems slimmer, ‘size zero’ models are the order of the day, the Miss African Spirit has challenged that perspective and has proven that indeed size does not matter.

There are no size, height or weight restrictions on the part of the contestants.  There is also no swimwear round.

This year 25 beauty queens living in the UK and representing 11 African countries in Senior (18-30’s) and Junior (14-17’s) categories will take part in the finals. The countries represented include Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Angola, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Namibia.

A line up of performers at the event includes the nine year old Lydia Singer who won the Miss African Spirit “Rising Stars Talent Contest” earlier this year and 2nd Princess from last year’s pageant Katongo Temba.

The judging panel includes: Karen Stally, a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and former Miss Zimbabwe; Jayne Taylor, reigning Mrs Universe England, and local entrepreneur Anfor Farooque, who owns Park Lane at the Hub.  

Along with the usual judging criteria including stage presence and self-presentation, contestants will be judged on their charity intentions since they have to submit a proposal for their charity fundraising should they win the contest.  

Pageant Director Michelle Adams says: “Just as Miss African Spirit 2010 did, the new title holder will choose a charity which she will support during her reign as Miss African Spirit 2011. We want to ensure that the winner of this pageant has already put some thought into her charity efforts, that her plans are reasonable, practical and logical.”

Special guests will include the current Miss Teen Galaxy UK Gabriella Gatehouse, and Face of Elegant Cristal, local beauty Ayesha Khanom, amongst others.

Miss African Spirit pageant is an annual event in Milton Keynes aimed at celebrating African cultures, beauty and diversity. For further information, please log on to www.missafricanspirit.co.uk.

Date: 25th June 2011
Venue: Ramada Encore Hotel, 312 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP
Time: Doors open 6:30pm
Tickets: £10 each, available online from www.missafricanspirit.co.uk