Agnes Wairimu Nyokabi Miss Independent Kenya 2021/2022 1st Runner Up
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Agnes Wairimu Nyokabi Miss Independent Kenya 2021/2022 1st Runner Up.
Full name: Agnes Wairimu Nyokabi
Title/Year: Miss Independent Kenya 2021/2022 1st Runner Up
Pageant System: Miss Independent Kenya
Education Level: University Graduate
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: Dancing, reading books, watching Investigative movies, Solving puzzles and sports
Platform: For Community Initiative
Years competed: 2018, 2019 and 2021
Countries visited: Tanzania
Likes: I like discovering new things every day, helping family and pets
Dislikes: I dislike negative energy and environment, bullies, toxic relations, violence and abuse
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am Agnes, but prefer the name Nyokabi. I am a very open minded lady who is always ready to take up new challenges and expeditions. I love to smile a lot, because I believe smiling makes my day and people surrounding me. I enjoy what life has to offer going with the quote: “the only way to live is learning the essence of every second. Every minute matters”
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education.
Since I was little girl, I admired to be a doctor and have a place in the media
When I finished my high school, I went straight to medical college, where I later transferred to Pan Africa Christian University where I did my degree in Communication Studies and Graduated in 2020.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment is for every woman to stand strong, because she is worthy. Growing up alongside two very strong women, my mother and my grandmother taught me that womanhood is not by choice but a duty to fulfill. For that every day I am working smart to empower more girls. They deserve to know they are beautiful, strong, and bold and nothing can stop them.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I first did my first pageant in 2018 which I didn’t win. I halted to concentrate on my studies then enrolled for MISS FACE OF DEVOLUTION KENYA, which was stopped by the pandemic. I went back in full force in 2021 where I won several titles.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I had always loved watching the beautiful queens on runways and how elegantly they walked in their gorgeous gowns. I physically attended the event MISS PAC UNIVERSITY and watched one Queen win, whom I later approached for advice. Surprisingly she agreed to mentor and train me as well. And that’s how I got myself into the first pageant to try to follow in her footsteps in 2018. I didn’t win, yes, but that was not a reason to stop.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
My co-current titles are Miss 1stRunners Independent Kenya and Miss Independent Kenya Nyeri County. The theme for the pageant competition was “empower women” which was aligning with my goals in 2021 and therefore I saw a chance not only to advocate for the rights of girls but to also become a role model they could emulate.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
People in my country have a stereotype and believe that models have to be extra skinny and tall. Well it is not the case. Models and platforms have different standards or requirements. The glam is there on the final day, but they haven’t experienced instances where models break down, go through tough training, quit and rise up again..
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
The most competitions I have been into look at the walk, the modeling skills, the elegance, the wardrobe, the smile and other facial expressions and above all the intelligence and fluency in speech. It is all about how a model carries them before, during and after the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
My experience during the competition was something I didn’t expect before. We didn’t have a sufficient changing room so we juggled changing with competitors which was something they were not ready to help in and risked theft. Aside from the hardship, I enjoyed every moment of the competition. I did learn a lot of things including event management
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I volunteer for “for community Initiative” under Inerela+ Kenya, which is an initiative to fight for the rights of the children, especially in matters sexual abuse, gender violence and HIV/AIDS. It is about making the community aware what kind of abuse the girl child especially encounters, how to identify, and what actions to take in the scenario. The children deserve to know that they have a safe space and are worthy of the community despite their backgrounds.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have a couple of appearances in gatherings, meetings and conferences physically and virtually in Nairobi to emphasize the need to create a safe space for children. I have also made appearances in Initiatives and pageant events as a guest speaker and judge respectively
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have successfully done several projects that include visiting and sharing meals with street children, going to various children’s homes for cleaning, and speaking to them. Above all becoming a pageant judge, this is a milestone that has been polished through the year 2021..
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
The one thing I would say that makes me stand out is resilience and consistency. Despite failing in several competitions, I didn’t not at one point regret nor lose hope. I have taken every challenge as a learning process. Many queens get into pageantry with a mindset they must win or get money, whereas that’s not the case. It’s all about what the title can do for you and what you can do with the title. Having this mentality has made me stand out amongst many beauty queens.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I don’t have an overall title per say, but I still remember how nervous I was as the names were being called out. Being the second best in the whole country was not just a dream come true but a moment of respect. The heat, the rush of the heart, the mind race and everything else seemed like a movie act. I was like, I really made it!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To be a beauty queen is to be an ambassador. An ambassador of changes in the community, and a vocal point for the voiceless without fear or favor. Being a beauty queen is to behave in an appropriate manner and command respect. Lastly is to be a legacy and brand that will be continually emulated.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants has helped me gain more confidence, Knowledge of the industry and build a network of Queens and Kings. It has allowed me to mature, in various mistakes, and built me to stand as a brand and as a Queen of substance. I have grown a sense of style, and maintained a healthy lifestyle.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? Getting into pageantry helped me discover myself in ways I can’t explain. I always felt too short for life, leave alone pageantry. I started to love myself more, care for my skin more and my outlook gradually became “my dream”. I still haven’t reached any perfection yet but I love the way I look. I appreciate my body for everything it has helped me get through. I am still discovering and learning new things every day.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
The feeling is humbling knowing that many girls out there are looking at me and want to follow into my footsteps. I honestly sometimes have to make sure all things I do, or engage in are RIGHT, not just because someone is watching me but for the sake of my brand.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I must admit I have the most gorgeous natural smile. I always use it as my weapon to win the judges over. I then combine it with eye to eye contact which always gets into them.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I trained and sharpened my modelling skills and cat walked almost every day. I also did a lot of research to ensure that I got knowledge of what was required or expected in each category.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Training A lot and mastering the art of modelling, and turns is the best way to learn. Challenge yourself every day.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress?
When choosing my dresses, I always choose according to the theme of the event. You will want to take a lot of time trying on dresses that fit, are comfortable; not too long, or tight, or exposing too much. And of course a color that will compliment your skin tone.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning an interview?
Ample preparation is key. Research a lot of different topics and people who will interview you. Get familiar with the environments and cultures of the same. Rehearse speaking eloquently, dress appropriately, and be composed and confident to become more believable.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Mistake: not getting a gown soon. I had been doing research, but never got time to try on the outfits nor purchase. I put my hopes into one specific designer who ended up disappointing me. I ended up choosing a gown out of need and not appropriateness.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Girls can be harsh to anyone due to the pressure of the competition. They end up throwing tantrums and abusive words to anyone who crosses their way. I would advise queens to respect everyone no matter how much wrong they have done or their appearance. They might be sponsors looking into behaviour and emotional intelligence in the next queen to be crowned.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
Ooh yes. At the very last TWO quarters of the year 2020, I got a chance to act as a slay queen named Maya in a series named Githurai City that aired on UTV every Saturday at 8pm which lasted till January of2021.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen?
My plan for this year is to get into as many international pageant competitions as possible, network more and above all do some helpful projects in my community and around Kenya and Africa.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I do want to be remembered for how many people I made their lives better, or changed without fear or favor. How I instilled more humanity to the ugly corrupt world and become a face of hope to the hopeless. I want to be remembered for how much I cared for children and how that helped their wellbeing. I have been privileged to lead a good humble life, and that’s what I want for others.
National Director: Bernard Simanto
Pageant website:Miss Independent Kenya
Name of the Photographer and other credits:@mashdephotographer and @specy_studioz
Thank you to Bernard Simanto and World Class Beauty Queens Fraternity for this opportunity
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview. Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief of World Class Beauty Queens Magazine.
Agnes Wairimu Nyokabi Miss Independent Kenya 2021/2022 1st Runner Up, @mashdephotographer and @specy_studioz
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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