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Maré’s title dream on hold… cherishes the opportunity to represent Namibia

2022-01-04  Staff Reporter

Maré’s title dream on hold… cherishes the opportunity to represent Namibia
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Miss World Namibia 2021 Annerie Maré remains cheerful about her participation in the world beauty pageant, describing the journey as a fairytale.

Maré is now temporarily based in West Virginia, USA after the Miss World finale was abruptly postponed at the last minute on 17 December 2021, following several Covid-19 positive cases among participants and staff.

The Miss World Organisers have since announced the rescheduled date of 16 March 2022 at the same venue, the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot.

Maré expressed her excitement at the announcement of the new date to her followers on Facebook, saying: “Cinderella’s dream became true up until midnight and everything ended, but mine got extended. Thank you, Miss World, for not ending this dream, but extending it”.

She further expressed her gratitude to represent Namibia at the Miss World competition, describing it as an incredible experience.

“I learned so much about the culture in Latin America and the warmth of the people. It was an amazing time with more than a 100 different women from around the world.”

On what led to the postponement of the event, she said all contestants were tested for Covid-19 every second day. As time drew near for the finals which were supposed to happen on the 16th in Puerto Rico (midnight of the 17th in Namibia), more contestants tested Covid positive. 

“I thank God that I have not been infected, and am praying for all my sisters to get well.” 

While she awaits the call back, Maré will be working with young people at different non-governmental organisations, and visiting different schools and youth groups in the Washington DC area.

Miss Namibia director Connie Maritz told New Era yesterday that Maré was already scheduled to visit the US for her youth empowerment projects for three months.

“She will not return to Namibia, but will travel back to Puerto Rico from the US for the pageant,” said Maritz. 

Maré further thanked the Miss World organisation for putting their wellbeing first, as well as the way they treated her like family. 

“I want to sincerely thank every single Namibian standing behind me and believing in me in these uncertain times in the world; you are in my heart. I am proud to showcase the resilience and strength of the Namibian people.”

Maré was blessed with support from Namibian-born Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean in Puerto Rico.

“Also, a big thank you to the Miss Namibia organisation for all the support and everyone in the team involved with this journey.” 

Maré shared a room in Puerto Rico with Miss SA 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, who has since returned home.

She described Musida as “the best roomie I could have asked for”.

Musida has already been chosen as one of six winners of the Beauty with a Purpose preliminary competition. 

Meanwhile, several Miss World preliminary competitions have already taken place, with Ivory Coast’s Olivia Yacé named winner of the pageant’s Top Model portion. Mongolian representative Burte-Ujin Anu won the Miss World Talent contest, and Mexico’s Karolina Vidales was named Miss World Sports.

Miss World is the oldest and most prestigious international pageant, created in 1951. Annually, this event selects the woman who best represents the organisation’s values. The new Miss World becomes the image of the organisation that supports different social and charitable causes around the world.

2022-01-04  Staff Reporter

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