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Nicole battles for Top 40

Publishing Date : 13 November, 2017


With only a week left before the Miss World grand finale, Nicole Gaelebale has so far managed to hold her own despite the hectic competition in Sanya, China.  The 26 year old beauty queen appears to be doing well so far- as if to rub it in the faces of those who doubted her capabilities to represent the country well at the world’s biggest pageantry. 

Gaelebale has given the competition her all, and just a few days back, the beauty queen was selected as Miss Africa and was amongst six other ladies who were chosen to represent their continents in thanking and presenting their gifts to the Miss World organizers. The other contestants were Miss Scotland for Europe, Miss Australia for Oceania, Miss India for Asia, and Miss Domican Republic for Caribbean Islands while the US was represented by Miss Colombia.

As a way of keeping herself in the game, Gaelebale has been running a project back home that is going to help her go a long way in the competition. She is the founder of a Non-Governmental Organisation called “Be the Change”. Its mission is to provide long lasting change especially to poor communities and address children's fundamental needs. Gaelebale left the country on October 24 to for the annual Miss World competition which has been slated for November 18 in China.

The event enticed women from than 100 countries from all over the globe who will be competing for the esteemed Miss World title. This year will mark the 67th edition of the Miss World pageant. The reigning Miss World Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico will pass her crown to her successor at the end of the pageant.

The Miss World Contestant is required by Miss World to be between the ages of 18 and 27 as of January 1 in the year of completion, she should not be married or pregnant, have ever been married, had a marriage annulled or given birth to or parented a child, and the Contestants will be judged in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit, and a personality interview.  The contestants were recently taken through the head to head challenge, which puts contestants into groups of five or six.

Miss World’s exhilarating new Head to Head Challenges jerked off this week as the groups were familiarized to the global audience after the draw, which determined the 20 groups.  For this round of the competition, each contestant’s introduction video is followed by a question about their video from host, Frankie Cena.

“The contestants all answer a final question, which they receive before the show at the end of the segment. Voting is then opened to the public who can like a contestant’s Facebook page or vote for them on Mobstar or the Miss World website.  The winner of each group will advance to the Miss World top 40,” one of the Miss World 2017 organisers explained.

Gaelebale is in Group six with pageants from countries like Canada, Ethiopia, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa.  Her Group had the opportunity to be presented last Sunday where she spoke about Botswana, her journey as a model and how she fought to win the national pageant so she could compete in the Miss World stage.

In her introduction video, Gaelebale represented herself and the country well and managed to answer the host’s questions intelligently and with high confidence. She also outdid herself after she performed Tsutsube in a custom tailored traditional outfit that impressed a lot of people, to showcase Botswana's diversity through culture and dance.



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