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Esther Yeanoh Kamara Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone 2019

Esther Yeanoh Kamara Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone 2019, World Class Queens of Africa Magazine

World Class Queens of Africa Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Esther Yeanoh Kamara Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone 2019.

Full name: Esther Yeanoh Kamara

Title/Year: Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone 2019

Pageant System: Nature and Animal Life protection (Miss Landscapes International)

Age: 22 years

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Hobbies: Traveling, Singing and Volunteering for charity projects.

Platform: Women empowerment in environmental climate actions and life protection

Years competed: 2019

Countries visited: China, Ethiopia, and Guinea

Likes: Honest people, reading and animals

Dislikes: Dishonesty and bullying

Status: Single

World Class Queens of Africa: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a God fearing and passionate lady. I volunteer as a Social worker who aids women participation in combating climate change disasters and also create a better opportunity for women, girls and animal life protection through my charity foundation and campaigns.

World Class Queens of Africa: Tell us about your pageant history.

I started pageantry as a teenager with a dream of using pageantry to empower myself and other women. I won the Miss Sela Limba chiefdom at the age of sixteen years and several other crowns later such as the Miss University Margi, Miss Central and Miss Freetown. I was on the top seven finalist for this year’s Miss Landscapes International representing my country Sierra Leone at the international finals.

World Class Queens of Africa: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

I was inspired by my late mother who saw lots of potentials in me. I later became more interested into pageant when I realize it was a platform I could use to change lives.

World Class Queens of Africa: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone is a platform that seeks to empower women and also focus on combating climate actions and animal life protection. The pageant has great values relating to my platform and myself. Unlike other pageants it values are remarkable and I could not have let such an opportunity pass me by.

World Class Queens of Africa: To those unfamiliar about your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

Miss Landscape international is a pageant held annually with country representatives from around the world competing for the title of the Goddess of Nature (Miss Landscapes International). These representatives go through several trainings and competition before crowned Goddess of nature in their respective countries to serve as advocates to the balance of nature which includes animal life protection.

World Class Queens of Africa: What are you being judged on during the competition?

The competition entails a photogenic challenge, swimsuit body competition, interviews with the press and judges, ministerial and government visits, national costumes parade, and evening gown competition all done at the preliminary stage to select the twelve finalist and also give out special awards for the various competitions. These number is cut down to seven in the finals with a questions and answer session winners are then selected.

We were being judged based on our challenge competitions, our dedication to the pageant goals and objectives and our general appearance and performance during the pageant period.

World Class Queens of Africa: Tell us about your experience during the pageant?

I was happy to visit China for the first time and seeing the beautiful sceneries I had only watched when I was a kid in Chinese movies. The hospitality of the people in china is very welcoming especially the kids and also the pageant organizers. I was able to learn different skills, interact with people from different countries and made lasting friendships with fellow contestants and their directors. It was a memorable experience.

World Class Queens of Africa: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for?

As a social worker I volunteer in various sectors such as child education, combating climate change and women empowerment. My platform is mainly focused on women empowerment in environmental climate actions and life protection, through my charity foundation called Augusta’s Hope Foundation in memorial of my late mother.

World Class Queens of Africa: What appearance have you done with your title?

My first appearance was at the Blaq phase Modelling agency runway show where I was invited to grace their stage with an opening walk of their design before traveling for Miss Landscapes International finals in China. Before my departure for Miss Landscapes International and upon my return to Sierra Leone, I have been hosted in various national television program in Sierra Leone to talk about my journey and to inspire other women to stand firm in their beliefs and build on to their dreams. I was a judge at the Miss Freetown Secondary School for girls 2019 to support the dreams of young girls from my alma Mata. I am mostly seen on the highways of Freetown on Sundays to feed the homeless and less privileged living in the streets of Freetown. I will be doing more appearance in relation to my platform.

World Class Queens of Africa: What are some of your achievements?

I hold a diploma in Social work and now seeking to pursue a career path in the justice and security system as a Lawyer. Currently I am the CEO and founder of Augusta’s Hope foundation working to achieve my dreams and that of my mother’s.  

World Class Queens of Africa: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?

I believe in myself. I show the judges how confident I am of wining the crown by keeping eye contact with them and the audience, I speak audibly with charm and with true emotions, I walk with grace as a queen and stay consistent from the start to the end of the event.

World Class Queens of Africa: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I may not have been the most beautiful or well-dressed lady on the stage, but I believed in my individuality and that made me stand out. I remain unique in my appearances without imitating the others or losing my self-confidence on the way. I remain consistent and uniquely beautiful.

World Class Queens of Africa: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as a winner.

I was determined and confident but when my name was called I was in a bit of a shock for a second and became emotional. I could not have held the tears rolling down my eyes, they were tears of joy.

World Class Queens of Africa: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

Being a Beauty Queen has given the opportunity to build on my platform. It comes with both glamour and responsibilities. Being a Beauty Queen sets you out as a role model in society.

World Class Queens of Africa: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

It has helped me built on my self-esteem, communication skills and platform. It has also helped me made friendships around the world and create a better network for my charity foundation.

World Class Queens of Africa: How did pageants help your self-esteem and body image?

Pageantry puts you out to the world and help shapes your character, body and personality to befit that of society standards. It has helped me improve as a human being and my moral values including that of my self-esteem and body image.

World Class Queens of Africa: You are inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

I am fortunate and glad to have played a part in their lives and pray they grow up to be people of great moral integrity.

World Class Queens of Africa: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Practice more on walking in straight lines with grace and confidence.

World Class Queens of Africa: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

Know your body and also know what you are comfortable wearing. Don’t go for dresses that are too tight, they may tear or dresses that are too revealing they may look like nudity. If you are not comfortable in wearing long dresses don’t wear it, it may cause you to fall or make you feel really uncomfortable. Also choose the right materials for your dress and limit the amount of colors you use in a single dress. Make sure you are comfortable, wear your correct dress size and always do fitting before the pageant. Your dress must fit you properly and reflect your personality.

World Class Queens of Africa: What your tips for winning interview?

Be honest and keep your answers in line with the questions been asked. Always listen carefully before answering, you can always ask for the questions to be repeated if you didn’t get them the first time but limit it by listening attentively, always make sure you are sure of your answers.

World Class Queens of Africa: How did you prepare for your competition?

I went through past pageants held online, practiced daily with a coach on past competitions and challenges. Allow my designer to know personally the things I like and comfortable with and get the designer develop from those inspirations months before the competition to give me time to do fittings and corrections.

World Class Queens of Africa: What is one mistake that you’ve done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I forgot to wear my national costume earrings crafted by an indigenous designer I had promised to use on the preliminaries. He was heartbroken that I didn’t use it. if there was a way to redo or fix it, I would.

World Class Queens of Africa: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

Like myself during the rush of the pageant some of use will forget to wear a particular piece in one appearance before going on stage. Some may even forget their introduction line due to high stress of expectation placed on them.

World Class Queens of Africa: Any modeling or acting experience?

I am a professional model and actress. I have walked on major runway shows with fashion houses, designers and studios in Sierra Leone. I started acting about three years ago and I have already been featured in major roles.

World Class Queens of Africa: What are your plans in 2019 as a Queen?

I intend to work more on my platform and establish school programs for young girls in relation to hygiene and climate actions.

World Class Queens of Africa: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want to do my part in keeping the balance between mankind and nature.

International Director: Adam Lee

National Director: Samuel Lamrana Koroma

Local Director:  Obai Bangura

Pageant website:  http://www.charm-press.com World Class Queens of Africa Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.

Esther Yeanoh Kamara Miss Landscapes International Sierra Leone 2019, World Class Queens of Africa Magazine

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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