Newly crowned Miss World Kenya Charity Mwangi

Pulse: You did not win the Miss World Kenya title last year after you made it into the top ten. Did you think you would ever win the title again?

Charity: The feeling is amazing. I have learned persistence and dedication. Those two virtues will take you miles. Looking back, I am relieved that I did not win last year. I wouldn’t have been the best Miss World Kenya option at the time. Let’s just say it was Idah Nguma’s time. This time round I was so sure that my time had come.

P: Just to take you back a bit; what was going through your mind back then watching Idah celebrate her win?

C: Throughout the finals that evening, it was nerve-wrecking waiting to hear your name get called out as it became evident only one of us was to be crowned. When I heard Idah’s name, I was happy. I knew she was a deserving winner and a queen and was absolutely going to make Kenya proud. She ended up among the top seven during the Miss World finals and could have probably been crowned Miss World Africa since the winner Rolene Strauss, the only African beauty who beat her ended up being crowned Miss World. Idah went ahead to be crowned Miss Beauty with a Purpose, a title that comes with Sh900,000. She did Kenya very proud.

P: How does it feel to get a second chance that finally gave you the coveted title and a golden opportunity to fame and fortune?

C: It was humbling to have a second chance. Life does not give you a lot of those so when I got the chance to represent to county again this year, I went for it with all I’ve got. My fellow county queens were very excited when we got the news that we would be competing again.

P: What did you do different this time round?

C: I was better prepared this time round and I stayed true to myself.

P: When you say more prepared, what do you mean?

C: Since last year August, I was the reigning Miss World Kenya, Kiambu County. This experience was life -hanging and very educative.

P: What did you achieve as Miss World Kenya, Kiambu?

C: My title crown opened doors that not only benefited me but others. I tackled several social issues in my community as a reigning queen. My main platform issues are combating mortality due to domestic injuries and restoring smiles in partnership with Smile Train Africa. I founded and have been implementing a first aid campaign known as Mtoto Aishi. This initiative helps to educate new mothers and caregivers on matters of first aid for children under the age of five. On the same platform, I raise awareness on corrective surgeries for cleft lips and palates. I have learned that being a beauty queen is not just having a beautiful face. The true meaning of a beauty queen is far from how many people look at it.

P: On that note, what is the real meaning of a beauty queen and how does that title affect your daily life?

C: It means living your life in dedication to the greater good of the community. It means being a role model and mentor. It means touching as many lives in the society as you can though doing good. True beauty comes from the heart.

P: Now that you come from Kiambu County, a hotbed of politics, where politicians might want to interfere with your reign, how are you preparing to deal with that?

C: I will not let politicians interfere with me. The Miss World Kenya title is an office. It is not an individual. With this in mind, I will carry out my duties as Miss Kenya with the support of Terry Mungai, the pageant holder and Ashleys CEO. The Miss World Kenya team is behind me to help me achieve the set goals.

P: You are still a young university student at Kenyatta University, where most beauty queens come from, so congrats again. What are you studying in campus and how do you plan to balance your studies and new duties?

C: Thanks. I am a final year student studying for a Bachelor of Science in health services management. The new title comes with responsibilities that may interfere with my learning and so that means I must re-plan my study calendar. This is already being worked on.