As Christmas soon approaches, I am reflecting back on the past month and all the incredible opportunities I have had to be a positive representative of the diaspora as well as engaging in empowering community events. I was delighted to be invited to the Miss Commonwealth Triple Crown beauty pageant and to be a mentor for the contestants as they prepared for their big showcase and night. Attending the event brought back all the emotions I experienced during the Face of Kenya UK Ceremony, at once I could relate to how the contestants were feeling at that very moment, excitement, anticipation and full of enthusiasm.
Miss Commonwealth International is a unique culture and charity brand beauty pageant that promotes charity and cultural cohesion. Representing all the sub cultural sectors and countries that a part of the commonwealth, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caribbean and Euro Atlantic, Commonwealth International runs ten pageants represented by their respective reigning queens & king.
Speaking to the contestants as they prepared for their moment on the catwalk and podium, I was keen to know what motivated them to join the contest, what their aspirations in life are and upon winning how they intend to use their title and platform to make a difference in the community and the world at large. It reminded me of the journey so far, of my own aspirations and how motivated and determined I am to help facilitate some appreciable change and to inspire others to reach their fullest potential in life as I do the same. They were all unique in their own way, from completely different cultural and social backgrounds and countries but the common thread that united them and myself is their desire to want to make a change and the courage to present themselves across a panel of judges and to showcase who and what they to offer in the hopes of attaining this credible position. A young, beautiful girl and contestant who was highly impressive, originally from South Africa and representing her country of origin, had ventured forth to enter the contest, flew to the UK for the first time just a few days prior to the ceremony and had high hopes of taking the crown home and to inspire young girls such as herself to aspire for greatness and to be bold and courageous.
At that moment I also encouraged each contestant to be self assured, to seize the moment and exude total confidence in who they are, their individuality, their uniqueness, their life story and most of all their inner beauty.
I was elated to lend a hand of support to the contestants and to watch them as they took to the stage and captivated the entire room!
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