namibian beauty, Grace Khakhane, 21, made it to the top 10 agaisnt 70 other beauties from 20 countries who contested in the Miss Beauty of the World pageant held in Kyrgyzstan last month.
Grace, however, was crowned the pageant’s Miss Top Model World 2013.
The pageant was first hosted in China in 2007 by the World Beauty Congress – an international beauty and model festival.
Grace was selected one of the 10 finalists.
The winner walked away with US$100 000 while Grace got a free ticket to travel to any country of her choice for modelling.
She was the only African contestant at the pageant that took place over three weeks in Bishkek.
Last week Grace said the win could be the beginning of the realisation of her dreams.
“When I got to the airport in Johannesburg that is when I realised that my dream was really coming true. People do not speak English in Kyrgyzstan and I was the only black person, among about 70 girls,” Grace said.
She is the first Namibian to take part in the pageant that took place in Bishkek after she was selected through her agency Beauties of Africa.
Her designer clothes were sponsored by Namibia’s own, Hem Matsi, Tsatago Immanuel //Garoeb and Cathy Tsihepo.
“I am very hard working. That is how I made it. Most girls give up quickly but it’s also a thank you to my manager, Andy Abulime.
“I was the only African and those people have never heard of Namibia but I made it into the top 10,” Grace added.
The pageant ran for three weeks in Bishkek and was aired in almost every country that sent a beauty except Namibia.
“It was tough. We had no sleep for about three weeks. I enjoyed it. It was a dream come true for me,” she said.
With an international title, Grace still remains modest about her career saying she has not accomplished anything yet but has a long road to walk to reach her modelling goals.