CROWNING GLORY… MEET MISS NAMIBIA 2017, SUNE JANUARIE
By Melania Simeon
Windhoek – A grounded young woman with a beautiful smile, Sune Januarie, was the toast of Namibia on Saturday when she was crowned Miss Namibia 2017. The Windhoek Country Club roared with applause as she received the crown from her predecessor.
The moment she was crowned, a million thoughts went through her head.
“At that moment, I thought of my grandfather, rooting for me in heaven. I am the woman that I am today because of him. Thoughts of how I’m going to represent and make my country proud, also kept running through my head,” she said.
Throughout the selection process, it was evident that Sune’s charisma and energetic presence set her apart and would take her far in the pageant.
The event was made dazzling and remarkable with live music from NAMA award winner Big Ben and Namibia’s very own acapella group, VM6 and was presented by Katutura star Chops Tshoopara and Miss Namibia and Miss Universe 1992, Michelle McLean.
The audience was treated to an entertaining and nerve-wrecking evening as the numbers of the contestants dwindled down before the two runner-ups and ultimately, this year’s Miss Namibia, were named.
Twenty-three-year-old Romilly Mouton was crowned the first princess while Tessia Mutwamezi from Rundu walked away with the second princess title.
Local designer Donald Diergaadt also stunned with the fruits of his hard work clearly evident in his marvellous creations which contestants walked the ramp in and left the audience flabbergasted.
Their outfits spanned from swimming wear, cocktail dresses and angelic mini dresses to the evening gowns as the audience watched the contestants make their way down the runway in unique pieces.
As well as celebrating Namibia’s beautiful women, the night also took time to honour former Miss Namibia winners, who joined the top five contestants on stage before the winners were announced.
With live entertainment, charitable initiatives and the enthusiasm of the crowd, Miss Namibia 2017 was a buzzing evening, which was considered the best and well organised pageant in the history of the event, and for Januarie, it was a night she will never forget.