Kenyan-British woman Rehema Muthamia has won the maiden Miss All African Colors England competition.
Rehema, 24, was born in the UK but she spent part of her childhood in Kenya before moving back to the UK.
Miss All African Colors England intends to bring more diversity into the Miss England competition.
Miss England beauty pageant launched the new category following the Black Lives Matter Movement to celebrate the rich heritage of women in England.
Rehema, a Sussex University graduate, entered the competition to celebrate racial diversity and raise money for Woman’s Aid.
“My family is so supportive they can’t stop talking about it, and the Kenyan community has really got behind me and wanted to support me and loved seeing someone from my heritage being represented,” Rehema told The Argus.
She was among the eight contestants who performed in the final of Miss All African Colors England, which was live-streamed on February 13th.
“It was a new experience, but I can always say I had a live final competition on Zoom, that can only happen in a pandemic. It was surreal I couldn’t even compose myself because I was on Zoom and everyone was watching my face. My grandmother started screaming and plonked the crown on my head. She was just so happy and proud of me. I just loved the fact that we were celebrating minorities and ethnic women,” said Rehema.
She added: “It was emotional. I remember the camaraderie; everyone was there from students to the elderly. I hope it [the new beauty category] is here to stay. Racial injustice isn’t spoken about enough and minority voices should be heard. I have also inspired my little sister!”
The win guarantees her a place in the Miss England national pageant in addition to becoming the face of luxury handbag brand, All African Colors.