Varaa Hambira sets eyes on Miss Namibia crown

By Adolf Kaure

One of the 12 Miss Namibia finalists, Varaakuani Hambira, better known as Varaa, is optimistic she would walk home victorious and has embraced the fact that the competition could launch her career.

The Windhoek-born runway model, who was raised in the rural Omaheke region, is excited about her prospects, even though it is her debut in a beauty pageant.

Every year, the Miss Namibia pageant celebrates beauty with a charitable cause, by crowning one deserving young woman to carry the title of Miss Namibia.

The event takes place at a local hotel on July 6, with tickets for the pageant going for R350 and available at Lana Dry Cleaners (at Wernhil Park and Maerua Mall).

And Vaara, together with other beauties, are vying for the crown that was won by Steffi van Wyk last year.

“It’s a great honour to be among such talented and accomplished ladies. I am happy.

“It would mean the world to me if I win Miss Namibia (pageant). Literally, that would be a platform I could utilise to take the world by storm and represent and serve my country,” she says.

Although the modelling career of this psychology student at the University of Namibia started off unconventionally, it has propelled her to be a regular in the local fashion sector.

“Friends from College of the Arts asked me to walk in their garments and I loved the experience. Thank you Ruberto Scholtz and Abisai Illeka you changed my life,” she says.

The model attributes most of her success in the modelling industry to designers Melisa Poulton and Ingo Shanyenge.

“I have not done any pageants before. I am mostly a runway model and my highlights include working with great Namibian designers like Melisa Poulton, Ingo Shanyenge and all the other greats,” says Varaa.

The model, who did her high school at Concordia College in Windhoek, describes beauty as a concept that is too generic to be put into a single box.

“I don’t think beauty can be neatly defined and boxed.  For me it is whatever pleases the eye or the soul. Be it someone’s smile or a melancholic poem,” she says.

She is currently signed under Vision Models and has learnt a lot since starting out modelling two years ago.

“I have grown tremendously since starting out. Not only in skill but also in professionalism and I have made many friends in the industry. My experiences have been mixed – some good and some bad. Many times I have done work for free, but it’s all paying off now,” says Varaa.

In her free time, Varaa likes reading and attending local music performances.

She describes herself as a bookworm who is inquisitive, cultural, compassionate and stylish.

She describes the Namibian modelling scene as one that is growing and one every Namibian should be proud of.

“It’s growing. We still have a long way to go but it’s a baby we can be proud of. There is immense talent and if nurtured, we could do great things.”

“In the next five years I’d be having my Bachelor’s degree studying further, modelling internationally and growing my foundation for the mentally ill,” Varaa says.

Even though she has not walked on international catwalks yet, she warns the industry to “watch this space”.

“A big thank you to everyone that supports me. I appreciate you,” she says.

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June 2016
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