The search for the most beautiful woman in Namibia is on once again, with 12 finalists selected to contest for the top spot of being the fairest and finest in all the land. These 12 contestants will vie for the Miss Namibia crown which will be relinquished by last year’s winner, Lizelle Esterhuizen.

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The prestigious beauty pageant for the 37th Miss Namibia Pageant is scheduled to take place on 1 July at the home of the Miss Namibia Pageant, the Windhoek Country Club Resort & Casino.
Reigning Miss Namibia, Lizelle Esterhuizen regards her Miss Namibia experience as one of the most remarkable moments in her life.

“My reign as Miss Namibia has been amazing but filled with hard work. I had the opportunity to represent my country as Miss Namibia and I feel proud of what I have done.”

The reigning beauty further urges the 2017 finalists of Miss Namibia to be spontaneous and to be authentic. “People want a Miss Namibia who is authentic and true to herself. So just be spontaneous, true to yourself and just enjoy the ride.” she said.
The 12 finalists for Miss Namibia 2017…
Delsi Somaes: The 22 years is currently pursuing an honours degree in accounting. She entered the pageant because she wants to give back to her community as that gives her a sense of fulfilment.
Karen Beukes: The 23-year-old is an admin manager. She entered the pageant to work with children, especially those in orphanages, and to gain more self-confidence and self-esteem.
Zandria Swart: The 22-year-old is an assistant wealth manager. “I entered Miss Namibia to be part of this awesome process, the photo-shoots, the dressing up and most importantly to launch a project called Beauty Box.
Leone Vaan Jaarseld :21- year old Human Resource Manager. She entered Miss Namibia to grow as a young lady and to make a difference in her country. “I want child abuse to be brought to the attention of our communities, to ensure that steps are taken to help these children.
Tessia Mutwamezi: The 23-year is currently pursuing her tertiary education. “The reason I joined Miss Namibia is because as the reigning Miss Heritage Namibia, I started a project called Save a Girl Child, as I strongly believe that it’s better educating and empowering a young child from an early age.”
Elizabeth Ipinge: The 24year holds an honours degree in Fashion Studies. Ipinge entered Miss Namibia to use the platform to further broaden the mentoring, advising and career guidance she does with young children.

back row, left to right); Delsie Somaes,zandria swart,leone vaan jaarseld,sunet van schalkwyk Middle row Martha Kamati,Romilly mouton,Tessia Mutwamezi,Sabina samuel (front): Karen Beukes,Liandre Claasen,elizabeth ipinge,sune january

back row, left to right); Delsie Somaes,zandria swart,leone vaan jaarseld,sunet van schalkwyk
Middle row Martha Kamati,Romilly mouton,Tessia Mutwamezi,Sabina samuel
(front): Karen Beukes,Liandre Claasen,elizabeth ipinge,sune january

Martha Kamati: Currently doing an honours degree in Information Technology, the 23-year-old entered Miss Namibia “to show Namibia and the world that pageants are not only about showcasing the outer beauty of a woman but the intelligence, confidence and ability to be the voice of the voiceless as well.”
Liandre Claasen: The 23-year-old Receptionist entered because she comes from a rural background and would like to show the youth of Namibia that your background and circumstances do not have to determine your future. “You can make something of your life no matter where you come from. The only thing stopping you from becoming something is yourself.”
Romilly Mouton: 23-year-old financial mathematics student entered the pageant to help young girls establish identity within themselves. “In my journey to entering Miss Namibia, I know what it’s like to hate your body. I don’t ever want any girl to feel like that. I want to teach them to love themselves regardless of any other factor. I want to be a Miss Namibia who portrays, love and authenticity” she proclaims.
Suné January: Bachelor of Computer Applications graduate is 23 years old. She has dreamt of entering the pageant since she was a little girl and it is a wonderful platform to bring about change in our country!
Sunet Van Schalkwyk: The 24 year old said she entered Miss Namibia in order to “inspire young women to always believe in themselves and to never give up on achieving their dreams”.
Sabina Samuel : The recent marketing graduate is 23 years old, she entered Miss Namibia “to have a sense of achievement and fulfilment, and to develop and boost my self-esteem”

By: Melania Simenon 

Image Cred: Kris Rossouw