ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
MISS Earth Zambia Ketty Kabaso, who represented the country at the Miss Eco International in Egypt, topped the Miss Eco Talent mini competition although the effort was not enough for her to get the ultimate crown.The pageant, which was held at the Grand Ocean Hotel and Resort in El Sokhna, Ain Sokhna, under the motto ‘Finding the Perfect Eco Queen’ had a number of mini competitions. These included the Miss Eco Resort Wear, Miss Eco Dress and the same Miss Eco Talent 2018, which was voted for by the public.
In the Miss Eco Talent competition, the finalists had to showcase their talents with most of them exhibiting their skills in traditional and modern dance.
The contestants who made it to the top 15 in the Miss Eco Talent are Bashkiria [Republic of Bashkortostan], The Netherlands, India, Nigeria, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay, Canada, Bulgaria, Mauritius, Venezuela, Portugal and Zambia.
Ketty, who arrived in the country on Monday, told the Weekend Mail that apart from choosing the Miss Eco International, the pageant also embraced other mini competitions.
“Out of more than 60 countries, I managed to scoop the top 15 during the talent competition. I am very happy because I put in my best just to represent my country,” she said.
Ketty said the pageant taught her many lessons that will forever remain in her mind as she learnt how to interact with different individuals from the different countries.
The Miss Eco International 2018 grand finale was held on Sunday with Cynthia Thomalla of the Philippines getting the ultimate crown. She takes over from Amber Bernacchi of Canada.
During their stay in Egypt, the participants toured a number of historical places in Egypt.
Since the Miss Eco International pageant promotes a variety of causes related to tourism and the environment, it primarily looks for young women who will stand for the protection and preservation of the planet as well as promotion of tourism in their respective countries.
ZIO MWALE, Lusaka