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Wavinya Maria – 13 Interesting Facts About Miss World Kenya 2019

Miss World Kenya 2019 Wavinya Maria recently handed over her throne to Sharon Obara. Ms Terry Mungai, director Miss World Kenya, had nothing but good things to say about the outgoing beauty. Beauty Pageants Kenya wishes her the best, and we have compiled some interesting facts we learned about her in the course of her reign. Here goes:

She felt intimidated during the Miss World Kenya bootcamp

Maria was the youngest during the bootcamp, being only 18 at the time.

Listening to Maria Wavinya speak, you would never tell that she was only 18 at the time.

She says she felt so intimidated during the bootcamp because other girls were much older and had more pageant experience.

Turns out age is but a number because this beauty beat 19 girls to the crown.

She competed and lost Miss Tourism Nyandarua

Before Miss World Kenya, Maria had taken part in Miss Tourism Nyandarua County, where she placed fifth.

Much as the loss stung, it didn’t keep her from trying an even bigger pageant – and she won!

She comes from a humble background

Maria said in an interview with Daily Nation that she was raised in a slum and that life there was hard as nails.

No wonder she has a soft spot for girls from marginalised backgrounds.

Her Beauty With A Purpose project is about ending period poverty

Maria partnered with Sister Speaks #heels4pads initiative to end period poverty and period shame.

She is also a lobbyist for the zero-rate pads that will hopefully make pads even more affordable for girls and women

Her BWAP was been informed by personal experience

Maria had a rough start to life and at some point had to resort to using mattress and cardboard cutouts at that time of the month. This she said during an interview with Daily Nation.

Little wonder then, that she is so passionate about ending period poverty because she knows what it feels like for a girl to have to resort to unsanitary methods, simply because she cannot afford pads.

She lost her mum at 12

Maria was raised by a single mum in the coast, but when she passed when she was 12, she had to come back to the countryside.

12 is such a tender age to lose your only parent. But listening to Maria you will realise that she has never allowed a single circumstance to put her down. She is a fighter.

She auctioned her winning heels

She auctioned the heels she had on when she was crowned Miss World Kenya, and the proceeds went to her End Period Poverty project.

She is a journalism student

Maria is pursuing a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communications student at Mount Kenya University at the moment.

She was a model and kids’ choreographer before winning

Even before she got crowned, Maria did some modeling gigs here and there.

She also trains young models and is a kids catwalk choreographer

Her favourite food is pilau

But what Kenyan does not love pilau! Are you even Kenyan if you do adore your pilau with a side of Kachumbari? Maria’s love for pilau is a nod to her coastal upbringing.

Her go-to style is Ankara

That is why most of her clothes are Ankara or African-print because she says, she loves being African. We love a beauty queen who stays in touch with her roots too!

She loves her Maasai accessories

According to Maria, you are never fully dressed without a Maasai accessories. She tries as much as possible to have at least one of them on her, because that way she feels like she is carrying her country with her.

Her day starts at the gym

Maria is what can be described as a fitness junkie. So serious is she with keeping fit that, when she can, she can even go to the gym twice.

Her motto is ‘Put God first’

Maria lets Jesus take the wheel and drive her destiny, and attributes all her success to putting God first.

All the best Maria, may you have a very fulfilling post-reign life!

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