By Musa Ssemwanga
The organisers of the Miss Uganda Pageant have announced that the current Miss World title holder Vanessa Ponce (full name Vanessa Ponce de Leon) will attend the Miss Uganda 2019 Grand Finale in July.
She will fly in with Miss World CEO Julia Morley for a one- week trip that will include ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ activities, visiting renowned tourist destinations. It is the first time in history for a reigning Miss World to visit Uganda.
Vanessa Ponce completed her studies as a graduate of International Business at the University of Guanajuato. She stated her professional career by winning Mexico’s Next Top Model in 2014, after that she modelled for several top agencies and then competed in Miss Mexico Pageant 2018 where she emerged the winner.
Vanessa then represented Mexico at the Miss World Pageant in Sanyu, China where she claimed the title of Miss World 2018. She is the 68th ‘Miss World’ and the first Mexican to win this esteemed title.
As a reigning Miss World, she has involved herself in several social responsibility and humanitarian work projects. She has for participated in several social campaigns and currently serves on the Board of Directors of a rehabilitation centre for girls in Mexico.
Registration for the Miss Uganda pageant is currently on going. Auditions for the northern and western region shall take place on June 22nd while auditions for eastern and central region shall take place on June 23rd.