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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Miss Ug’s long journey to world beauty begins


Chantal Kreviazuk's Leaving On A Jet Plane will probably be the song playing as Ms Praise Juliet Asiimwe boards the plane to China to represent the country at the 55th Miss World beauty pageant.

"I am leaving tomorrow and the main event is on December 10. We will camp in Sanya Island and will visit the whole of China for a month," said Miss Uganda 2005.

She is leaving with great expectations and if luck is on her side, then Uganda will no more enrich CNN with billions to gild its image because its admiration as the land of 'Miss World' will be enough branding.

The 22-year old Asiimwe, was crowned in early October by MKM Promotions, a UK-based event management company which had just received a nod from Miss World Ltd to run the show after Ms Sylvia Owori pulled from the franchise.

Come December, it will be untainted glitz and high anticipation when the organisers get to knight a fresh 'Miss World' to replace the reigning Queen-Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia from Peru.

"I know I will make it. I am known for breaking records," Asiimwe told Daily Monitor. And trust the daughter of Reverend Elly Akankwasa and Ms Joice Akankwasa, she is an embodiment of charm with an infectious smile and unquestionable confidence. It will be less surprising if she emerges champion.

The 5 '7' inches tall girl has been specially trained by Tiner International School of Beauty whose director, Ms Ruthy T. Kibirige, said Asiimwe is expected to do well at the Miss World beauty show because she's very eloquent, highly knowledgeable and above all has the right size.

All the 115 beauties will also visit the cosmopolitan shopping and trading capital of eastern China before hosting a charity auction and dinner at one of the city's many major international venues. The contest will see Praise participate in the Miss World Talent Show that will provide contestants a chance to present to the people of Wenzhou a taste of their own culture in a song and dance.

Miss Uganda's trip to China is an all-expenses-paid trip. There is the Shs1m spending money, not forgetting a new wardrobe that comes with the best as fit for any princess of fashion and beauty.