With school holidays coming to a close, teenagers flocked Garden City Rooftop in droves as the search for Uganda’s fairest teenage girl –Mirinda Miss Teen 2013 started on a high note in Kampala on Saturday, 18 May.
The gates opened at 9am and for a second, one would think Garden City had been taken to the beach. Instead, the beach had come to one of Kampala’s biggest shopping complexes.
Teens were entertained by upcoming acts from Swangz Avenue, Irene Ntale and Yung Zee, and Tamal Machal. But it was Mun G of Baboon Forest who stole the show with a powerful performance. The musicians gave teens more than they expected. Emcees Talha and Sheila Gashumba were a joy to watch and they kept teens entertained.
“For the first time girls will compete for the Miss Brainy, Miss Fashionista and Miss Entrepreneur crowns. But Mirinda Miss Teen 2013 will be the title to ‘fight’ for” said, Ms. Berna Kizza, brand manager, Mirinda Uganda
Teens were dressed in their beach wear to suit the pageant’s theme for this year. This year’s is the Beach Edition. Ms Kizza said the theme was chosen because beach moments are associated with fond memories of fun and excitement for everyone regardless of age and gender.
Mirinda Miss Teen is an annual teen’s talent contest that aims at showcasing the great talents and characters of today’s teenage girls who are between 15 and 18 years of age.
The competition involves a search for a teen girl who is attractive, intelligent, warm, playful with a keen sense of humor, bold and focused. The teen must be spontaneous, provocative, well groomed and a role model in her community.
“She must embody the true character of brand Mirinda, which comes in a variety of flavours like Fruity, Orange, Pineapple and the recently launched Green Apple,” said Ms Kizza.
Victoria Kisarale, the Gayaza High School head teacher, Daily Monitor’s Brenda Banura, and New Vision’s Nigel Nasser were unveiled as the competitions judges that will traverse the country through school tours to pick that one “girl” to take the crown.
Saturday’s launch event will culminate into the grand finale during next term’s holidays in Kampala.
Last year’s winner was Abigail Amahoro, a Senior Five student of Seeta High School. She beat 19 other girls from several schools to the prestigious teen crown.