|Atong Demach was crowned Miss Africa 2012. [Photo:Courtesy]|
South Sudan participated in the Miss World competition for the first time and emerged tops in Africa. The young nation’s representative, 24 year-old Atong Demach, was crowned Miss Africa 2012. She spoke to MATILDA NZIOKI
How did you get to participate in Miss World 2012?
Nilestyle Model and Design Company announced the contest in October last year and I took part and won. Being the first time our young nation was participating, competition was stiff as a lot of girls showed interest.
Were you anxious seeing that you were the pioneer from your country and had no herald to give you an idea of how it goes?
It was not anxiety as much as it was exciting. It was a big beauty contest and I was enthusiastic about making sure South Sudan was represented.
The first two weeks were mostly to get to know each other; everyone’s cultural background and about their countries, as we were all staying at the same place. As much as I knew we were all there for one goal, I was just enjoying my time. China is beautiful.
What was your best moment during Miss World 2012?
Everyday was exciting. There was something different each day. In the top model pre-finals challenge event, we modelled clothes from respectable clothing lines like Grand Black from UK. Getting the opportunity to wear 14 high-rated collections was a major achievement.
Speaking of which, you won that particular challenge. Did you see it coming?
I would not say that because there were a lot of ‘top model-looking’ girls and I did not envy the judges, as their work must have been tough. That said, I did my best and I was extremely happy with the results.
What do you think worked for you in that contest?
The simple thought that I was representing my country gave me an unexplainable drive and I was just a natural. I have this desire to show the world that Sudan is much more than a history of war, but has intelligent youth who are ready to bring change.