Pearl Asasira from Kabale district was on Saturday crowned Miss Earth Uganda 2015, beating 11 other contestants at Imperial Royale hotel.
The first runner-up was Sandra Akello, who was also named Miss Earth Air while second runner-up Hope Jagwer from Tororo was crowned Miss Earth Water. Janat Muzito from Mbale was the third runner-up and named Miss Earth Fire.
Twenty-four-year-old Asasira had not been the outright darling to many during the race for her slow approach, but she won the crown with the way she took on the big night at the expense of the other finalists.
On top of her beauty, nice figure and average height, Asasira was confident in answering the questions, giving an impression that she understood more about the environment than the other contestants.
But she expressed composure before the night’s judges: Gilbert Kadilo (the National Forestry Authority spokesperson), Brenda Maraka (a renowned fashion designer) and Prof Jacob Agea from Makerere University’s college of Agricultural and Environmental Studies.
When she was asked what she would do for the environment after winning, she answered that she would use social media to promote eco-tourism and also take the environmental conservation gospel to schools, especially in lower classes.
Asasira, a law graduate from Uganda Christian University, will now represent Uganda at the December Miss Earth International finals to be held in Vienna, Austria.
The show that was anticipated to start at 7pm started at around 9:30pm. The delay was attributed to low turnout; and by the time it started, only the reserved tables were sparsely occupied while most of the VIP sits and those for ordinary people were visually empty throughout the show.
However, this did not dampen the mood of the show; the girls really entertained their guests, especially during the talent show where the beauties danced to their traditional songs. Excitement climaxed during the swimming costume display where the crowd was seen to be more attentive.
Notable names in attendance were Miss Tourism 2015, newly-crowned Miss Uganda Zahara Muhammed Nakiyaga and her predecessor Leah Kalanguka. Asasira, who also competed in last year’s Miss Tourism, told The Observer after her crowning that she did not expect to win.
“I can tell you sincerely that this is a big surprise; I thought I would be the first runner-up, I know that most of the time beauty pageants consider height yet me I am just averagely tall but my confidence and knowledge of the environment concept made me the winner,” she said.
She explained that she was ready to work with NFA, National Environment Management Authority and the ministry of disaster preparedness in educating the public about how to conserve the environment.
Julian Kyomuhendo - Miss Face of Lax Beauty Palour
Janat Muzito - Best National Costume
Hope Jagwer - Best Talent
Pearl Asasira - Best Costume and Swim Suit
Carmella Kissa - Miss Photogenic.