22-year-old Miss Uganda, Quiin Abenakyo made history on December 8, 2018, as first Ugandan to become Miss World Africa.
Quiin achieved this great feat at the Miss World 2018 finals in Sanya city, China which is the world’s oldest running international beauty pageant, that brings together beauty queens from all over the world.
Born in eastern Uganda, the young queen is a graduate of business computing. She beat her Argentinian challenger Victoria Soto in the head to head category before cruising in the Top 30 portion of the contest.
During the 2018 Miss Uganda competition,Abenakyo beat 21 other contestants to win the crown.
In the days leading to the final vote, Ugandans mobilized over social media to build support for Abenakyo who finally became the second runner-up at the 2018 Miss World finale in China as the Miss world crown was won by Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico, making her the first Mexican woman to win Miss World. 118 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown.
Her historic was based on her project on teenage pregnancies before progressing to the top 12 with the continuous support from her people and then into the Top 5.
Faced with the final question: “During my year, I combined my passion for singing with my Beauty With a Purpose project. What unique quality would you bring to Beauty With a Purpose?”
Her response was: “Good evening everyone. I am very passionate about cooking. I believe one can show the love they have for everyone through food. My Beauty With a Purpose is fighting teenage pregnancies. We can all come together and help, but we can also do this through food because when we all come together, we share ideas, we generate ideas. Just like the Miss World family, we were able to come up with different ideas to solve problems in our countries. Thank you.”
This led to her becoming this year’s Miss World Africa and second runner-up in the 68th edition of the world beauty contest.
Despite not winning the overall crown, Abenakyo, who desires to do a Masters degree in Business Computing, will be a part of the Miss World 2019 Beauty with a Purpose tour.