Burkinabe Crowned Queen Esther Pageant Winner


The Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant 2024 which was hosted in Maun over the weekend has crowned Lauren Traoré from Burkina Faso as the winner.

At the heart of Traore’s triumph lay her inspiring social impact project—a bakery established to support underprivileged girls in her community, offering them a path to economic independence and social upliftment.

Traore’s victory did not come with the coveted crown but also a substantial cash prize of $1000, a Scholarship for an image consultant course as well as a wardrobe of clothes worth $5000. Joining her on the winner’s podium were 1st Princess, Hoa Hang from Vietnam, and the 2nd Princess, Dasebu Kafui from Ghana, who secured prizes of $500 and $300 respectively, along with their own scholarships for image consultancy courses.

Vehai Tjiriange, the executive coordinator of the pageant, expressed enthusiasm for Traore’s journey ahead, stating, “We envision Lauren as a beacon of change and leadership within her community, empowered to make a meaningful impact wherever she chooses to serve.”

Under the theme “Mobilising and empowering girls and young women to take action,” this year’s pageant showcased the talents and aspirations of contestants from twenty nations among them Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, Cape Verde and Botswana. Despite the fierce competition, every participant was assured of mentorship and guidance, regardless of their placement.

With an estimated 65 attendees present in person and an additional 33 joining virtually, the event was a testament to the growing significance of platforms like the Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant in fostering women leadership and empowerment.

Rooted in Christian values and inspired by the biblical tale of Queen Esther, the pageant aims not only to celebrate external beauty but also to nurture inner strength, intelligence, and integrity. Through leadership training and life skills development, participants are equipped to become agents of positive change in their communities.

The week-long festivities were enriched by a comprehensive program that engaged all delegates in an empowering Lead Girl Networking Conference. This three-day initiative featured a series of accredited leadership training sessions conducted by facilitators hailing from five different countries. Designed with precision, the training aimed to empower delegates, molding them into influential young women ready to catalyze positive change within their respective communities.

As the curtains drew to a close on this year’s event, the legacy of Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant shines brighter than ever—a beacon of hope, inspiration, and empowerment for young women across the globe.


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