Face of South Sudan Beauty Pageant Held in Australia

Jeddy Malesh, originally from Central Equatoria State has been crowned the ‘Face of South Sudan’ in Perth, Western Australia.

Face of South Sudan Beauty Pageant Held in Australia
International model Makur Chuot poses with the other contestants during the recent Face of South Sudan Beauty pageant in Perth, Australia. [Gurtong/ Deng Koch]

By Deng Koch

PERTH, 24 July 2012 [Gurtong] –The South Sudanese community in Perth, Western Australia converged for the beauty pageant at Herb Graham Recreational Centre in Perth.
A total of seventeen young South Sudanese ladies took part in the contest.

The contestants opened the floor with what the organisers termed ‘unifying dance’ before embarking on a three round contest featuring a catwalk.

The different attires on display included African blends with some symbolic artefacts reflective of different South Sudanese cultures as well as western style evening dresses.

The third round was a talent contest featuring contestants displaying their chosen dances, songs, messages or activities.
A panel of five judges from multi-racial backgrounds judged every contestant’s skilful move.

At the hotly-pageantry, Miss Athou Makuach from Jonglei State emergedsecond runner up while Miss Betty Wani of Central Equatoria was the third runner up. Adut Dhol Acuil originally from Warrap was the fourth runner up.

The colourfulevent was organised by an international South Sudanese modelSarah Makur Chuot, who has been running the program for the last three years in different cities in Australia.

Her talents have seen her travel to New York, London, Durban and Pretoria among other glamorous cities of the world.

The beauty from Lakes State is full of humility and love for her country and is using her privileged status to mentor and boost confidence in young South Sudanese ladies.

The Chairperson of the South Sudanese Community Association of Western Australia Simon Yuer Dang expressed his gratitude and support for young ladies in their endeavours.

With tears of joy rolling her face, Miss Malesh was given a well deserved standing ovation by attendees.

Former Chairperson of the Youths Deng Mador Koch congratulated Miss Ayor Makur Chuot for her hard work and determination, saying that she has shown the spirit that was much needed in the South Sudanese society.
 
“Young people need support, encouragement and motivation to utilise their skills and talents in very positive ways”, said Koch.

A number of supporters and well-wishers from across the diverse Australian society attended the well organised event.

Those in attendance included the President of the African Women Group in Australia Dr Casta Tungaraza, who has been instrumental in supporting young African ladies in their drive for modelling and fashion, representatives of supporting agencies and Western Australian Police Service.

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