By Lylie Happiness,
Oshakati, Aug. 15 – Oshakati-based Elizabeth Queen Angondji was on Saturday crowned Miss Ability Namibia 2022, while Tresia Ndeevelo became the first runner-up and Vicktoria Martins was the second runner-up.
The pageant which aims for inclusivity was held to do away with the stigma about disability being an inability, while also promoting a sense of hope in inclusiveness for all.
The focus was not on beauty alone, but also on qualities of great substance, including community involvement.
The founder of the pageant Eva Josaphat said the idea of the pageant is to advocate the rights of people with disabilities and to encourage every woman to embrace their body.
Josaphat said the hosting of the pageant was started in 2018, to ensure that they create a platform that is inclusive for all women.
“From a silent voice saying; ‘listen, disability does not mean inability, disability is beauty too, and a person living with a disability is also human. We are hoping to create a lasting platform for them,” she said.
She emphasized that the aim is to give equal platforms to all women with disabilities in Namibia, who want to embrace their beauty in full capacity without fear of being judged on their physical appearance.