Pomp and glamor and beauty as Kenya gets its first Mr and Miss Albinism

With so much stigma, stereotypes and discrimination facing their members, the Albinism Society of Kenya went for a bold way to showcase the beauty and talent of people with albinism. They held a successful beauty pageant that captured the talent, dreams and aspirations of a group usually not given such a high profile platform

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On Friday night the inaugural Mr. and Miss Albinism Kenya pageant was held at Carnivore grounds amid pomp and glamour.

As the event’s tag line mentioned, ‘Beyond the Skin’, the event’s main aim was to counter the negative stereotypes and the stigma that comes with discrimination. The event also celebrated 10 years of the Albinism Society of Kenya which was the main organizer.

The build to the event attracted attention and it saw the participation of celebrities and top personalities with the Deputy President William Ruto being the guest of honor. Former TV girl Sheila Mwanyigah was the host and gospel star Bahati was among the performers of the night. Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura who is also ASK Kenya National coordinator revealed that,

"Persons with albinism are extremely excited about this first ever Mr and Miss Albinism. It has never happened before and they have an opportunity to showcase what they got and I can assure you it's something,"

Like many who attended the event, he also called for more efforts to be done to create awareness not just I the country but the whole region. The Deputy President lauded the talent on show as he spoke of the government programs to involve people with albinism in nation building.

The judges for the vent were beauty model, Deliah Ipupa and Pastor David Burale. Most of the contestant showcased attire that showed they can handle basically any job from fishing to physical sports and uniformed forces.

At the end the first winners for the event were Jairus Jzay and Loise Lihanda who were corned Mr. and Miss Albinism Kenya 2016.

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