By Monica Pinias
NAMIBIAN model, Grace Khakhane, is set to represent the country at the first Grand International beauty pageant to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The pageant will kick off on 2nd November with beauty contestants from the world over expected to battle for the title on the stage. The crowning of the main event will take place on the November 19.
Khakhane already holds the Miss Top Model crown, that she won in Europe in June this year, under her belt
The two week stay in Bangkok will include a meeting with the Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and another visit to his Majesty King Bhumiphol and her Majesty Queen Sirikit Hospital in the town of Siriraj.
The leggy 21 year-old Khakhane could not contain her excitement as she remembered when she was informed of the news by her international manager, Andy Abulime.
“I was confident that I would make it but as soon as the call came in I couldn’t keep my excitement, I jumped. It’s just one of those proud of yourself moments”
A portion of funds invested in the pageant will be donated to the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre in Thailand.
Khakhane, who looks up to personalities like Naomi Campbell and South Africa’s Khanyi Mbau, said she looks forward to representing her country in the international pageant and is confident she will do well and even win the pageant.
Khakhane will go down in the country’s modeling industry as the first model to partake in this international beauty pageant.
“This is not only a big opportunity for my modeling career but it is exciting that I will be going on that stage representing my country,” Khakhane said.
She said that she will be dressed by local Namibian designers such as Immanuel Garueb and Mcbride Kavari.
Khakhane will square off with models from the USA, Cuba and Phillipines.
“I want to befriend the contestant from USA because she is very pretty and they say keep your rivals closer,” she said
The winner of Miss Grand International will walk away with a whopping USD 30 000 (N$300,000) and the runner-up will walk away with USD10 000 (N$100,000).
There will also be other prices like best Evening Costume and Best International Costume who will both be walking away with U$ 3000 (30 000) each number one supporter.
Her flight tickets and accommodation are paid for by Beauties of Africa management and her mother Ana-Maria whom she described as her support system.
“I know there are a lot of aspiring models out there so if you want to make it in this industry you need to be focused and never give up on your dreams of owning the catwalks,” Khakhane advised. Khakhane will return home on 20th November.
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