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Crowning Glory-Miss Ethiopia


A girl from Gambela has scooped the 2009 Miss Ethiopia title-and will go on to represent her country in Miss World Cultural Heritages.

Chuna Okok, a 22-year-old university student, won through Miss Ethiopia final, beating off other 20 finalists at the event in Addis last week. 

Remembering the moment her name was called out as the winner, Chuna says, “it was a mixture of shock, excitement and happiness.’

Chuna’s road to the competition had a ring of luck to it, receiving an award of diamond worth 60,000 birr.

“She is a lovely girl” says one of the runner-up, “She had real grace on stage and looked beautiful on that night.” 

Most pervious winners have been from Addis Ababa and other nearby towns. But a win for a girl from Gambella, a town which is 800 km away from Addis, is remarkably unusual.

Winning Miss Ethiopia meant Chuna also is going to take part in Miss World cultural Heritage of 2009 due to be held in Namibia this year. Good luck!


(Photo by Antonio Fiorente, a professional photographer based in Addis.He can be reached at antonio_f17@yahoo.com. The photo has never been published anywhere else before).

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  1. January 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    awesome! thanks for sharing arefe

  2. Baby
    January 24, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Good for her!I am wondering if there is a little politics there.

  3. Hirut
    January 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    sure there is politics there but a good one.sort of not exclusion.

  4. Hirut
    January 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Not to say she is cute though.

  5. Anon
    January 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    it’s not about the distance, but you guys not taking yourself, black,dark-skinned.

  6. Kate
    January 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    A dark skinned girl chosen as a beauty in Ethiopia? Surprising! They usually think dark skinned people are beneath them so this is a real shock. Well this is a good step in the right direction for that country even if there is a bit of politics in it.

  7. Zemed
    January 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Judge may be looking for someone who loves his own culture beauty standard instead of western world beauty standard.

  8. February 4, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Why is being black in Africa a bad thing?

    As a white man I do not understand this.. are not African women the most beautiful females on the planet whether black, brown or yellow?



  9. Mrblessing
    February 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

    She is one very beautiful girl. As an oyibo(muzungu) in Africa I come to learn that Africa has the most beautiful women in the world.

    Many thanks

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