Miss Rwanda wears gown in swimsuit com­pe­ti­tion

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BATAN­GAS CITY – A 20-year-old ra­dio pre­sen­ter from Rwanda chose to wear a gown in the swimsuit com­pe­ti­tion of the Miss Earth 2017 pre-pageant held at the Pon­tefino Es­tates here last Satur­day night.

Honorine Hirwa Uwase pa­raded in front of the judges in her yel­low or­ange gown dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary show. Asked why she did not wear a bikini, Uwase just smiled and re­fused to an­swer the ques­tion.

It is not cus­tom­ary for Rwan­dese beauty queens to wear biki­nis in pub­lic. But in 2016, for­mer Miss Rwanda Colombe Aki­wacu made waves when she be­came the first Rwan­dan to wear a bikini at the Miss Supra­na­tional pageant in Poland.

Aside from Miss Earth and Miss Supra­na­tional con­tests, Rwan­dan beauty queens have also par­tic­i­pated in Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

Uwase’s fam­ily is a 1994 geno­cide sur­vivor, ac­cord­ing to her bio for the en­vi­ron­ment-driven pageant.

“The fact that we are Rwan­dese, my fam­ily is 1994 geno­cide sur­vivor. The geno­cide against Tutsi that hap­pened 23 years ago, wiped away many fam­ily mem­bers and prop­erty, so when it ended we had to start re­build­ing and restor­ing our­selves from zero and now we have a suc­cess­ful story to share,” said Uwase, whose coun­try is lo­cated in Africa.

At the swimsuit com­pe­ti­tion for Group 3 of the Miss Earth 2017 con­test, Miss Puerto Rico Karla Aponte won Gold medal for Best in Swimsuit.The Sil­ver medal went to Miss Switzer­land Sarah Peyrel and Bronze, Miss USA An­dreia Gibau.

Other win­ners of spe­cial awards were Aponte, Miss J.A.C.M.I.; Miss Pon­tefino Ho­tel, Diana Miro­nenko of Ukraine; and Miss Pon­tefino Es­tates,Mar­ija Ni­kic of Ser­bia.

Miss USA cites Trump

Re­act­ing to the forth­com­ing visit of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Manila, Miss USA Earth An­dreia Gibau said that she hopes Mr. Trump will visit some of the eco-tourism spots in the Philip­pines when he goes to Asia in Novem­ber.

“I hope that he gets to visit some of the eco-tourism spots in the coun­try,” said Gibau dur­ing an in­ter­view at the same event.

Given the chance to meet Mr. MISS Rwanda Honorine Hirwa Uwase Trump, the Amer­i­can beauty queen said: “There’s a lot of things go­ing on in the world right now. I just wanted to tell him that he needs to put more love and more sup­port into peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the hur­ri­cane that hap­pened in Puerto Rico, the hur­ri­cane that hap­pened in Florida.

“And I think it’s im­por­tant that he un­der­stands more about the en­vi­ron­ment be­cause we are rac­ing against time. And we re­ally need to to sup­port as many peo­ple as we can,” said Gibau, model and self­de­vel­op­ment coach from New York who speaks four lan­guages.

Trump will fly to Asia, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines, for the up­com­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions-East Asian Sum­mit.

Gibau also pro­motes her en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy dubbed “Think global, act lo­cal” which she said en­cour­ages peo­ple to live in a way that does less harm to the en­vi­ron­ment

“I live in New York City and New York has a fast-paced life. Peo­ple have very dif­fer­ent life­styles. My big thing is to show peo­ple that no mat­ter what kind of life­style you live in, you can 100 per­cent live in a way that does less harm to the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

If she will be the next Miss Earth, the 22-year-old beauty queen said that she will start a Youtube chan­nel that pro­motes care for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I will start a Youtube chan­nel be­cause me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tion is big for me. And that’s my strong point. I wanna cre­ate videos show­ing ideas and pro­vide tips on ways they can re­duce harm to the en­vi­ron­ment,” Gibau said.

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