Kenya‘s Miss Universe representative, Mary Esther Were performed exceptionally well as she emerged in the top 6 of the Beauty Pageant’s 2016 edition held over the weekend at the Mall of Asia in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Out of over 50 African countries, only 7 sent representatives, including South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia and Nigeria, but Kenya’s Miss Universe Were trounced the continental competition to emerge one of the favourites on the glamorous evening.
The final round of top 6 involved a Question and Answer segment, which has evoked some controversy for the host of the edition – Steve Harvey, who has a 5-year contract with Miss Universe. You may remember that Mr. Harvey raked up quite the storm as he announced the wrong winner of the 2015 edition, which may have led to the reason why the 2016 edition was held in 2017.
On coronation night, Miss Universe Kenya was asked what she thought about the pageant’s former owner and now America’s President, Donald Trump – a rather odd question to ask the beauty Queen of another country, and one which pundits say may have cost her a higher placing.
However, Were graciously, and in a rather impressively politically correct way, said she figured he unified those who voted for him excellently. Going by the fact that organisers chose largely Western hemisphere-centric questions and prompts, if I were to add to their feedback box, it would be to broaden the scope of questions to reflect issues of local context.
Overall, France‘s Iris Mittinaere emerged Miss Universe 2016, beating Haiti and Colombia who emerged first and second runners-up respectively. The show was broadcast live on US television network, FOX on Sunday 29th January 2016.