The Miss Glam and Glory beauty pageant has selected nine models from the North to represent the region in a grand finale to take place in Lilongwe later this year.
The pageant held auditions in Karonga, Mzimba and Mzuzu at the weekend where 28 girls took to the runway for judges to select three representatives from each district.
The contest proved highly competitive in Mzuzu where 14 girls turned up, with the majority of them from Mzuzu University (Mzuni).
But only three made it to the final after strutting the runway in traditional wear, casual wear and dinner dress.
Malawi Adventist University graduate Rejoice Kautseni, 23, emerged the queen for Mzuzu. Emily Kayira and Wongani Mhango were selected as first and second princesses, respectively.
In Karonga, nine contested and the judges settled for the Karonga District Council social worker Temwa Ngwira, Pilirani Mtawali and Gidifi Kemwenda as first and second princesses.
In Mzimba, five participated and Mzuzu Technical College student Tamara Nahawa carried the day. Her first and second princesses are Florence Tembo and Wyness Tembo, respectively.
Glam and Glory International country manager Sachin Patil said in an interview the district winners will beccome ambassadors to promote use of reusable sanitary pads and safe skin care in their respective areas.
“We are happy with the outcome and we believe that we are on course as we want to give girls a platform in the promotion of modelling as a career.
“On the other hand, we will be tasking the models with the responsibility to promote use of reusable sanitary pads in rural areas. The idea is to improve education standards of our girls because evidence shows that some girls leave school due to lack of access to sanitary pads,” he said.
Kautseni, who also participated in the Miss Malawi beauty pageant last year, said the crown will give her a voice in reaching out to young girls on the use of sanitary pads.
The auditions are now scheduled to go to the Southern Region. n