Miss World Tanzania 2016 Diana Edward had labeled Miss World Kenya 2016 Evelyn Njambi as a “fake friend” after she (Edward) lost out on the Beauty with a Purpose award, saying Njambi copied her project.
The beauty queens recently represented their respective nations in the global Miss World competition held in the capital Washington District of Columbia on December 20, where Miss World Kenya was crowned fourth out of 130 plus models.
Diana Edward said her documentary titled Maasai Dondosha Wembe (project calling on communities to bring to an end female genital mutilation) scooped position 24 in the Beauty with a Purpose category, instead of first position after Evelyn Njambi – whom she said she thought to be a close friend –, complained that she also had a similar display.
“I am not happy with what she (Njambi) did. I asked her if she knew some Kenyan designer (who had designed my Maasai shuka), but she said ‘no’. So, I wore his design not knowing Njambi had worn it before and did a video-shoot with it. All along she was a fake; going behind my back, saying as Africans we have to support each other yet she knew exactly what she was up to,” Diana said as quoted by Tanzania’s Bongo5.com.
Miss World Kenya Evelyn Njambi has spoken out – shocked by Diana Edward’s claims.
“Eih, jameni! (Shocked). Oh my goodness, that is not true. You know what, when it comes to the Beauty with a Purpose video, cause I think that is where all the conundrum and arguments erupted from, is that what we are supposed to do is submit our videos for Beauty with a Purpose and then a panel of judges comes in, views the videos – based on how well you have done the video, and how best you have expressed what the problem is; and the solution(s),” Njambi told eDaily.
“So, we have no control over how a judge will dictate your results or your performance. Our work was to do the video, which we did and submitted. So, when we got there to Miss World competition, the judges had already seen them – and we were only waiting for their evaluation reports. So, it is good that both of us had the same project, but I think the most important thing is for us to put our differences aside and come together and face this Beauty with a Purpose project that occurs in both our countries, which is anti-FGM, and which I am very passionate about. So, if we were to come together and rescue them (girls) from the female circumcision that would be great. Yeah.
“I have forgiven her for the remarks. Sisters fight, sisters make up. But I think let us remember our purpose as not only girls but as beauty queens in our countries. We have a voice, like I said, if we were to come together and use this voice to create awareness about our problems and not tear down others, then the world will be a better place.
“If I’d address Miss Tanzania directly, I’d say: “I wish you all the best in whatever endeavor you are engaging in. May your dreams come true this year. Happy New Year.”
The highest placement of Tanzania at Miss World pageant was in 2005 when Nancy Sumari made it to the Top Six – and became the Continental beauty queen.
Evelyn Njambi managed to make it to the top five together with Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray, 19-year-old Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico who was crowned Miss World, Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic and Natasha Mannuela from Indonesia who were crowned 1st and 2nd Runner Up respectively.
While the 23-year-old interior design student at Maseno University may not have won the Miss World crown, Evelyn stands as the new Miss World Africa.