Monique Narh crowned the first ever Miss Teen Africa in UK
A teenager from Wembley has posed, strutted and danced her way to being crowned the UK’s first ever Miss Teen Africa
Sixth form student Monique Narh, 17, fought off nine other contestants to head the catwalk at the grand finale of the beauty pageant in the elegant surrounds of Stratford Town Hall on Saturday.
The aspiring textiles scientist represented Ghana’s vibrant culture with a dance display in traditional dress and a heartfelt speech about her hopes for the future for young British Africans.
The evening comprised a number of catwalk stages including elegant ball gown and dance displays as well as musical performances from up and coming African artists.
Speaking after she was crowned with the Miss Teen Africa tiara, Miss Narh said: “I can’t believe it! We did it! I want to thank all my fans, those who have supported me and prayer networks. God bless everyone who wished me well.”
Miss Narh, who has spent three months preparing for the contest with a series of bootcamps, fashion shows and photo shoots is the first winner of the pageant which aims to showcase inspiring young women of African heritage.
In addition to the crown and sash Miss Narh has been awarded a year’s modelling contract with a top agency, a week’s internship at fashion house Gran di Moda UK and over £2,000 of African fabric, jewellery, make-up and beauty and spa experiences.
Taking to social media to announce the result, Miss Teen Africa posted: “Monique Narh you have been exceptional all along from the very first Audition.
“We are confident you are going to be a great role model in your reign. The whole team are proud of you.”
Miss Narh, a passionate charity and community campaigner plans to spend her year as ambassador for Miss Teen Africa UK encouraging young British Africans to fulfil their potential and work together to challenge stereotypes.
She added: “I believe becoming Miss Teen Africa UK will provide me with the platform to encourage and impassion British African youth even more to work together, utilising their various gifts and talents to make positive change within their community and elevate ourselves.”