24 July 2009
Miss Namibia Happie Ntelamo might not participate at Miss Universe 2009
Miss Namibia 2009, 20-year-old Happie Ntelamo, is still short of N$54 000 to make her dream come true at the 58th annual Miss Universe competition.
The glamorous event, featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women, for 2009 will be held at Atlantis paradise island resort in the Bahamas on August 23.
Though the Namibian private sector is helping, money is still short while her flight is already booked and wardrobe ready to be packed by next week Thursday. Happie will leave next Saturday.
Miss Namibia and her two princesses Tanya Schemmer and Susan van Zyl, as well as pageant organiser, Connie Maritz, yesterday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Nahas Angula. During the discussion it came to light that some money is still needed in order for her to partake in the event. Maritz is, however, hopeful that the amount will be raised in time for Happie to represent her country.
The Office of the Prime Minister, encouraging her to be brave and hopeful, made a contribution of N$5 000 towards Happie’s mission and wished her well in bringing the crown back home.
A fluent speaker in Spanish, Italian and English, 23-year-old Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela is the reigning Miss Universe.