Kitale Girl Bags Silver Medal in Dubai Beauty Pageant

(From Right) Gloria Victoria Juma Teen Miss United World Silver Winner, Adeyemi Adeyeloja- Mini Miss United World Catwalk Model and Queen Moncaro-winner Little Miss United World Top Model. Photo/Courtesy

Kenya scooped a silver medal in the Teen Miss United World competitions that were held in Dubai after Gloria Victoria Juma, 14, who hails from Trans Nzoia County emerged the runners up.

Gloria who scored 358 marks at Kitale School in the recently released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results also scooped Gold in the Animal costume category in the highly competitive expo.

“I am greatful for this award and I wish to keep nurturing this art as I look forward to joining Pangani girls to harbour my academic goal of pursuing a course in Highway engineering,” she told Aspect News via Phone.

Others were Queen Moncaro- Little Miss United World Top Model, Winner Animal Costume and Talent Gold Medal. Alicia Njeri – Mini Miss United World Top Model, Gold Winner Eco Project and Gold Medal Talent.

Adeyemi Adeyeloja- Mini Miss United World CatWalk Model, Gold Winner Eco Project and Gold Medal Talent.

Gloria, who almost missed the journey to Dubai owing to financial constraints, ventured into modeling at class three upon which her mother supported her to perfect her performance which saw her become victorious.

“I have lost many competitions but I never lost hope. I kept on practicing and taking part in all competitions both at school and outside school until I managed to win the national title,” she said.

She eventually managed to travel following an intervention by the department of sports, gender and Social services at the county government of Trans Nzoia which catered for the expenses.

“We are  greatful to all who made this journey a success since it means a lot to our daughter who is determined to achieve greater accomplishments in the modelling sector,” said Mrs. Sylvia Juma, Gloria’s mother.

Neighbours at their home also called on the government to keep supporting such talents saying this is one way of promoting the benefits of the Competence Based Curriculum which focuses on talent development against academic excellence.

“The government should keep supporting such talents just the same way footballers and athletes are promoted. Every talent is very relevant since not everybody can join the famous sporting activities,” said Ms Eileen Chelagat.