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AFRICA's Miss Universe Queens

From left to right : Margaret Gardiner (1978), Michelle McLean (1992) Mpule Kwelagobe (1999) and Leila Lopes (2011)

The competition for the crown at 2016's Miss Universe has officially begun! Africa indeed has the most beautiful women  with outstanding kind of beauty! The continent of Africa has produced 4 Miss Universe queens who to this day still remain beautiful.

The first Miss Universe winner from Africa is Margaret Gardiner. She was Miss Universe 1978 from South Africa. She was 18 years old when she won the pageant in Acapulco, Mexico.  After the 3 semi-final rounds, she entered the 5 finalists in 4th place, but ended up winning the crown after answering the final question.

It was during 1992 when Africa got their second Miss Universe crown. Michelle McLean of Namibia was 19 years old when she won the crown in Bangkok, Thailand. But before she became Miss Universe, McLean competed first in Miss World 1991 where she eventually finished in Top 5. In Miss Universe 1992, McLean's warmth and love for children helped clinch the crown over crowd favorite Paola Turbay of Colombia, and India's Madhushri Sapre. She was also  one of the tallest Miss Universe winners at 6 feet.

We cannot forget Mpule Kwelagobe's crowning moment during Miss Universe 1999!  The 19-year-old then was first ever Botswana's delegate for the Miss Universe pageant  and  was the first African-born Black woman to be crowned Miss Universe in Trinidad and Tobago. Before she became third African Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe competed in the Miss World 1997 pageant in
Seychelles but didn't place. She has been recognized and honored as a human health rights activist, especially for her fight against HIV/AIDS and advocacy for youth and women to have greater access to sexual reproductive education and services in Africa.

The 26-year-old Leila Lopes made history as the first Angolan to win the Miss Universe crown and became the fourth African woman  to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant’s 65 years history. The Angolan beauty who won the crown in Sao Paulo, Brazil has also the  longest Miss Universe reign ever.

There are six African beauty queens to watch out for the upcoming Miss Universe next year in the Philippines.  Here they are : 

Luisa Baptista, ANGOLA

Kushboo Ramnawaj, MAURITIUS

Lizelle Esterhuizen, NAMIBIA

Hawa Kamara,  SIERRA LEONE

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, SOUTH AFRICA

Nigeria's delegate for the 65th edition of  Miss Universe will be selected in December. 
Will an African girl emerge as the winner of Miss Universe 2016?

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