Miriam Odemba of Tanzania (right) when she was named Miss Air to Karla Henry's Miss Earth back in 2008.
Back in 2008, Miss Earth had the host delegate for a winner. And nobody was closer to spoiling the victory of Karla Henry than her 1st Runner-up (or Miss Air
) Miriam Odemba of Tanzania who many pageant watchers thought was to become Africa’s 2nd ME titleholder after Kenya’s Winnie Omwakwe (who replaced the dethroned Dzejla Glavovic
) of 2001.
Miriam has the fun and engaging personality all her own. Most of the candidates agreed that she would be a nice fit for the crown. But then again, the Cebuana in Karla was not to be denied the bragging rights as the first Filipina to be named top environmental warrior. She more than nailed the Q&A. And so, when it was time for the last two women standing, the crowd at the Philippine Centennial Expo in Clark, Pampanga knew that the Tanzanian would definitely come in second.
And while Miss Odemba was hoping she could pull the rug from under Miss Henry’s feet, it just wasn’t meant to be at the time.
Anyways, check out one of her latest fashion pics below.
One of Miriam's latest pics
In my opinion, these five are the best from Africa in ME2013 (Photo credit: Jonas Yu/Critical Beauty)
I have not seen a stronger line-up of African delegates in Miss Earth during the past decade. 2013 is getting a bumper crop of contenders from this continent. I simply limited my choices to five (5) but could come up with another addition like Samantha Dika of Zimbabwe.
Tanzania’s Clara Noor alone should be a shoo-in for the semifinals at this point. Her unique beauty, flawless skin tone and graceful ways are more than enough to convert any watcher to her favor. The styling is spot-on.
And then there’s the curvaceous Ashanti Mbanga from South Africa whose waistline is unbelievably trim (think Venus Raj). To her credit, this statuesque lady is also an environmental charmer who did her homework way before arriving in Manila for the competition.
And how could anyone miss the modern vibes of Cote D’Ivoire’s Bintou Traore – who celebrated her birthday right after registering for the pageant more than a week ago – and Nigeria’s Marie Miller whose chic disposition will hardly go unnoticed?
Lastly, the elegance of South Sudan’s Gloria Karsis is omnipresent. It doesn’t surprise me anymore since this country has been sending equally regal reps to other beauty competitions such as Miss World.
Will Miss Earth crown an African this year?
Could 2013 be finally a year for the Africans? Miss Earth may have had one black winner (Winnie Omwakwe of Kenya) back in 2002, but a replacement one at that after the original (Dzejla Glavovic of Bosnia & Herzegovina) was dethroned. Is the time ripe for a real winner from this continent to stand up? Methinks yes. 😉