Magline Jeruto, 24, is Miss World Kenya 2017. She is currently in Sanya, China, representing Kenya on the Miss World stage. Before winning the title of Miss World Kenya 2017, she worked as a travelling consultant in a private company in Nairobi. She plans to focus her charity on children with autism because they're are often left out in our society. And while she was elated to go to China, the road there hasn't been easy.
The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts was supposed to disburse funds for the Miss World Kenya team to be used in preparation for the competition, as well as in paying for airfare and other costs incurred. However, the ministry failed to do so, and this has taken a toll on the Miss World Kenya team, as well as on Magline's performance. In Terry Mungai's words, “…expenses such as airline tickets, wardrobe, accommodation, and participation expenses have to be facilitated to create a conducive and equal environment for all contestants." The Miss World Kenya team made an emotional plea to president Uhuru Kenyatta but it is unclear if any action has been taken.
Despite the monetary problems, Magline's performance has been commendable. She emerged amongst the top 30 in the top model challenge which was won by Nigeria. The way Miss World is operating this year, the winners of the head-to-head challenges and the winners of the 5 fast track events - 4 of them being top model, sports, talent, and beauty with a purpose - advance directly into the top 40. Altogether, that's 25 spots in the top 40. The remaining 15 will be chosen by the judges. Magline's chances of advancing into the top 40 remain with the judges. Our votes for her also count. She needs our support and we need to show her that we believe in her. We need to vote for her and show our support on her social media pages.
Voting can be done in 3 simple ways:
1. Like Miss World Kenya's Facebook account and invite as many friends as possible to do the same.
2. Voting for her on the official Miss World website. You need to login to vote, which means you need to create a profile on the website, but worry not! It's all easy to do.
3. Vote for her and follow her on her Mobstar account.
Kenya has never won the title of Miss World. Winning the Miss World title will bring good PR to Kenya, which is especially good for us in the recent turmoil and political uncertainty. Let's help Magline bring home the crown.