Previous Miss World Kenya Winners
The Miss World Kenya finals held on 28th August 2021 remains profound to me. It is not only because I was crowned the winner, but it also serves as a culmination of resilience, patience, and hard work. This was my second attempt at the crown after my maiden attempt in 2019 and it felt nothing short of immaculate!
I remember how intense the entire process was, but that period helped to elevate my personality, thought process, and opened me up to the endless possibilities that the platform provided. My life transformed beautifully on the night I was crowned, and I continue to embrace this new chapter of my life.
Travelling to Puerto Rico was my first solo international trip and the memories created will forever be etched in my mind.
I was crowned on the 5th Oct 2019 and the only way I can describe the feeling that night was ecstatic. This was beyond my wildest dreams. In as much as I always wanted to be a model, on the day of the finals I had a mix of emotions and they honestly increased as the models got shortlisted, I didn’t know what to expect. I eventually ended up on the 6th position overall in the finals and 2nd in Africa in the Global Miss World finals.
The beauty with a purpose project that I selected focused on ending Period Shaming and Poverty. I partnered with Heels for Pads, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the status of women when it comes to their monthly cycle as well as to distribute as many pads as possible to ladies in marginalised environments.
Finali Galaiya was crowned Miss World Kenya. The event was held at the Westlands Mall rooftop on the 8th of September 2018 and this saw Finali take over from Magline Jeruto who was the 2017 crown bearer. Finali was also Miss India Worldwide Kenya 2016. Finali is continuing with her studies to be a Chartered Accountant and is currently an Entrepreneur and a Television Presenter. She also has diplomas in Acting, Martial Arts, Yoga and Dance. Finali enjoys travelling, swimming, reading historic novels and public speaking and has a special talent for debates and baking. Her favourite song is ‘Hakuna Matata.’ Personal Motto: ‘Forgive and let go of anger, resentment and hate, instead use the time to spread love by doing at least one kind thing every day.’
Magline completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Travel Management and is currently working as a Travel Consultant. Her dream job would be to be a Diplomat. She enjoys travelling, hiking, contemporary dance and salsa. Magline also has interests in crocheting and pottery. Her favourite film is La La Land and favourite song is Happy by Pharrell Williams. Her most memorable day is her Graduation Day. Personal Motto: ‘Success does not come for you, you go to it.’ Kenya retained the Miss World Africa title when Magline Jeruto finished fifth during Miss World Finals which was held in November 2017 in Sanya, China.
In the year 2016 during Miss World Competition which was held in Washington DC, U.S.A, Miss Evelyn Njambi was crowned Miss World Africa after emerging no. 5 in the world and the only African in top 10. She also scooped top 5 places in the Top Model and Beauty with Purpose categories. In addition during Mr World Finals held in Southport U.K. Kevin Owiti was also crowned Mr World Africa 2016 and was ranked number four internationally.
Charity was born and raised on her family’s farm in Kiambu county, just to the North of Nairobi. She says she wants to be a powerful and influential woman, and an inspiration to many. A professional dancer at 18 and the owner of a travel company at 20, Charity is ambitious and knows how to pursue her dreams, aspiring to greater success in the future. Charity loves adventures, solving puzzles and dancing. An avid reader, she cites Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe and motivational speaker Robert Kiyasaki as her favourite authors. Her favourite dish is rice with marinated chicken. About Kenya: “The land of champions. A land so rich in ancient history, culture and love. Kenya!” Miss World competition was held in Sanya China and Charity Mwangi was ranked top 25 out of 114 countries and was among top 15 in the category ‘Beauty with a Purpose’. Kenya’s auction item also raised $10,000 during a charity dinner.
Idah was born and raised in Tala, a small town in Machakos County. Miss World final was held in London and Kenya representative Idah Nguma became the second Kenyan to achieve that fit of position 7 out of 121 countries. She also won Beauty With a Purpose Category. The win came with a monetary award from the Miss World Organization of $10,000 and a further $2,000 from Lord Ashcroft. The Award was presented to Smile Train Organization in May 2016 by Miss World Organisation led by Miss World Chairman Julia Morley, Miss World 2016 Mireia Lalaguna from Spain, Miss World Asia Maria Harfanti and Miss World Events Director Steve Douglas. Smile Train Organisation depends on well wishers to offer free surgical operations of the cleft lip and palate thereby restoring smiles and confidence in people affected by the condition.
Wangui Gitonga was born and raised in Mombasa and describes herself as “Humble, resilient, service oriented and a real go getter”. With aspirations of becoming a prominent hotelier as she pursues her dreams in the hospitality industry. Her hobbies include running, swimming and reading, and she enjoys listening to rock, RnB and gospel music. Her special talents include belly dancing, and her personal motto is “Commitment is the key to success”. She says she wants to change lives of young girls’ and boys’ facing sexual exploitation across the country.
Shamim grew up in Mombasa and studied architecture. She aspires to become a designer and describes herself as a hard-working and caring person. She enjoys swimming, reading and playing netball and basketball. She defied all odds to make it to the top-15 semi finalists out of 115 across the world during Miss World Competition held at the Dongsheng Stadium in Ordos China. Among the 15 finalists only two African countries were represented, Kenya and South Sudan. Miss Shamim managed to bag the Miss Africa position of first runners up and she also raised $16,000 (Sh1, 345,000) during a charity dinner and was among top 5 in the category ‘Beauty with a Purpose’.
Catherine is currently studied communication and journalism at University. Her future ambitions include starting up a cancer foundation to educate the society about cancer in Kenya and continuing to support the Anti Jigger Campaign. Hobbies: basketball, swimming and reading inspirational books.
She won “Beauty with Purpose Crown” during Miss World Competition held in Sanya – China in October 2010. This was due to her collaboration with Cecilia Mwangi in eradication of jiggers. This prompted the visit to Kenya by Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills, the president of Miss World Julia Morley and other dignitaries to present the award of 10,000 US$ that went to help fight the jigger menace in parts of the country. During this historic visit Miss World team visited those affected by jiggers in Mathira in Nyeri County. Today Natasha works with an NGO in Nairobi and she also graces international catwalks. Hobbies; Reading, Hiking, Swimming and Volleyball. Personal Moto: ‘Confidence can take you where you want to go and make you become what you want to be’.
Fiona is studied commerce at university and her ambition is to become a financial consultant. Her hobbies include tennis, and salsa dancing and she is an established swimmer, competing professionally in her country. Fiona’s favourite food is fried chicken with kale and she enjoys listening to contemporary rock music. “If you believe it you can achieve it” is her motto. She is an ambassador of the tree is life campaign whose objective is to restore forests and natural resources. She is also in fashion industry.
Ruth lives in Nairobi, has a diploma in Law & International Computing, and is an undergraduate studying International Business Administration. Her ambition is to work as a special programmes co-ordinator in the United Nations. Hobbies and sports interests are: playing tennis; cycling; scuba diving; rock climbing; aerobatics; watching movies; reading novels; singing; and dancing Salsa, hip hop and contemporary dance. She has a special talent for calligraphy and writing poetry. Favourite food is ‘Biriani’, a delicate mixture of rice, local herbs & spices, with pieces of lamb or mutton. Personal motto is: “Never give up, persistence pays when all else fails”. She is Founder and Head Makeup Artist at (Make-up by Ruthie)
Shamillah Khadija Kiptoo
Khadijah was born in Nakuru and brought up in the capital, Nairobi, where she has worked as cabin crew and as a model, she is currently working as a Customer Care Representative. Her ambition is to continue her education and to become a Psychologist and recognised model. To date Khadijah has done a commercial for a drinking chocolate company, fashioned for magazines and participated on the catwalk at the Kenya Cultural Show. Hobbies and leisure interests are: reading, socialising, writing, cooking, belly dancing, and most sports including: football, running, volleyball and tennis. Her future hopes are that her Government will work out a policy to eradicate hunger, poverty and sickness. She has joined the fight against rape and sexual related abuses, her hopes are that with her actions she will be able to change many women’s lives before she has to give the crown back.
Cecilia was born and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya, which is well known by tourists for its Safaris, and crops of coffee and tea. She is a student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology, and has also trained at the Japanese and French Cultural Interchange Center and acts as an interpreter. Her ambition is to become a professional networking consultant. She is The Anti-Jigger ambassador. She has played big role in helping children infested with jiggers. Hobbies are: Cooking, travelling, reading, dancing, especially the cultural dances from the different ethnic groups, and Kenyan cultural music. Sporting interests are: swimming, netball, volleyball and the 800m-sprint race. Favourite food is mashed bananas and mutton stew served with spinach and Cecilia’s personal motto is “Live, love and cherish life for a better future”.
Juliet was born in the Kisumu County, a city in Kenya which boarders Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Having lost her father in 1996 and her mother in 2001 she shares a very close relationship with her two sisters and three brothers and the local community. Juliet has completed her high school education with good grades and won a regional high school skit-writing competition. It is her ambition to become an international journalist. Her leisure pursuits include: Volleyball, singing, dancing, acting, writing, reciting poetry, playing instruments, dancing hip-hop and techno. Personal motto is “ever give up on Life”. She is currently in the music world and she is also in business.
Janet hails from Nairobi, capital city of the exotic, beautiful, paradise of Kenya. She graduated top student in her school in 2002 and was awarded the ‘swimmer of the year’. Apart from studying Actuarial Science, she would like to work part time for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). She is a founder of a kindergarten for small children as a way of giving back to the community. Janet enjoys cooking; her favourite food is chicken and a Kenyan dish. She also likes traveling and is looking forward to going to China, listening to hip hop music, swimming, volleyball cycling and traditional dance, she also likes the colour brown as she feels it complements her complexion.
Before winning my title I was undertaking computer classes. My future plans are to pursue a degree in cardiology and specialise in paediatrics. I especially enjoy interacting with people from different parts of the world, learning about their culture and their ways and in turn they get to learn about me and the amazing fauna and flora in my country. Where else can you enjoy a Rift Valley, a snow capped mountain, palm fringed beaches whilst enjoying the finest quality tea. I also enjoy belly dancing, swimming, basketball, mountain climbing, camping, public speaking and helping others.