Beatrice Chisoni, 18, is a student at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).
She feels Miss Malawi is about women who are capable, confident, passionate and have the desire and courage to stand up for others. Beatrice thinks she is one of such women.
She thinks she is an ideal Miss Malawi because she is humble, intelligent, gentle, courageous, hardworking and, most importantly, God-fearing.
On population control, Beatrice calls for the need to scale up provision of civic education to people on how to limit their family sizes by practising natural or artificial family planning methods.
Miriam Mwimba is a second born in a family of two girls. Since her childhood, she says, it has always been her dream to become Miss Malawi.
Her dream was greatly energised when Elizabeth Pullu won Miss Malawi in 2001. She was, again, motivated with how Pullu handled her office.
She believes she has what it takes and the potential to win.
To her, a beauty queen is supposed to be ‘exemplary, with good manners, God-fearing and respectful’.
Mirriam wants to use the crown to influence girls to concentrate on education and not to indulge in immoral behaviours.
As a role model in an age high population growth, she calls for the need to emphasise to young girls to concentrate on education and yearn to go far.
She is currently studying journalism at University of Malawi’s The Polytechnic.
The zeal to contribute towards charity is the driving force for Natasha Phiri’s quest to be the next Miss Malawi.
The 22-year-old, who hails from Kamwendo Village, Chief Zulu in Mchinji District, is a devout Christian.
She works at American Pirates Casino as a cashier and she is also studying at African University of Guidance and Youth Development.
Her biggest asset in this competition, she explains, is her natural looks. She feels ‘such looks will buy her the crown’ which she wants to use to help a girl child.
Natasha’s definition of a beauty queen is a lady who is mobile, friendly, and beautiful inside out; a woman who is able to put other people’s needs first and, most of all, has confidence in herself.
On the challenge of population growth in the country, Natasha has an idea.
“We must increase domestic family planning services to all who want, but cannot afford it,” she says.
Besides, she adds, being Miss Malawi also means being a role model to girls.
Born in Lilongwe in 1997, Charity Kachitsa grew up in a Christian family of three.
Inspiring others, she says, is what motivated her to vie for the crown.
Her main focus, she adds, is to win the crown and dedicate every part of it bettering orphanages in the country.
“Being a girl who grew up without parents, I understand what orphans go through,” she says.
Her definition of a beauty queen is an outstanding lovely woman who smiles even in pain.
The 19-year-old does not want to be seen as ‘perfect’. Rather, she says, she wants to lead her modelling life by symbolising what is of great virtue.
She is currently at Lilongwe Technical College studying human resource management.