Twelve beautiful hopefuls competed for the chance to be Miss Namibia 2017 at the Windhoek Country Club on Saturday 1st July 2017 but only one beauty scooped the title – Sune January.

A grounded young woman with a beautiful smile, January was the toast of Namibia on when she was crowned the fairest of them all. The 23-year-old beauty was the clear star of the night as she walked away with three awards – the Top Model, Athletics and the Photogenic awards before she received the biggest title of the night.

She said the moment she was crowned, a million thoughts went through her head but she vividly remembered her grandfather’s contribution to her life. “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.”

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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.

23-year-old Romilly Mouton was crowned the first princess while Tessia Mutwamezi from Rundu walked away with the second princess title.

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Namibian designer Donald Diergaadt’s stunning designs draped the contestants as they walked the ramp. The contestants wore swim wear, cocktail dresses, angelic mini dresses from other local designers as they made their way down the runway, while Diergaadt designed the evening gowns.

As well as celebrating Namibia’s beautiful women, the event also honoured former Miss Namibia winners, who joined the top 5 contestants on stage before the winners were announced. One of the highlights of the evening came in the form of Miss Namibia and Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean-Bailey interviewing former beauty queens. Local music stars – NAMAs winner Big Ben, along with acapella group, VM6 and ‘Katutura’ star Chops Tshoopara entertained the crowd.

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 January, it was a night she will never forget.

By Melania Simeon