Local beauty, Ester “Key” Haikola, has been selected as the only Namibian to represent the country at the Miss Global International this year. The pageant is scheduled to take place in the Philippines at the International Convention Centre in Manila, from September 10 to 24.
“Based on your exceptional application and your high potential to do well, we are delighted and honoured to announce that you have been selected to be the official Miss Global Namibia 2016,” says the executive director of the pageant, Tea Mak, in an invitation letter.
According to Key, being a title holder of Miss Global Namibia 2016 is an honour and yet a serious responsibility. “I still can’t believe it and I thank God everyday for such a big opportunity,” says the delighted Key.
She adds that if she wins, she would use the opportunity to encourage ladies to join pageants in Namibia, and people to take modelling seriously. “I will also uplift the modelling industry in Namibia by empowering young girls and by helping every woman to embody their beauty within,” she says.
Key started her modelling career in 2002 while only nine years old and won many accolades. “I have also done a few fashion shows such as the Afro-Cat fashion show in 2013 and the Unam fashion show, last year, just to mention a few,” says Key.
Miss Global pageant aims to showcase a diverse selection of qualified female participants in a world-class production, which will represent their culture, intelligence, and beauty. It is about empowering women and embracing cultures.
According to Mak, this year will be an extravagant event with 14 days of photo shoots, runway training, rehearsals, television interviews and a special outing to explore the Philippines.
Jessica Peart from Australia was crowned Miss Global last year and reportedly performed tremendously well during her reign.
Key has however appealed to the nation and business people to assist her by sponsoring her airfare expenses, participation fees and garments costs.