Miss Universe 2013! Meet The African Contestants! Check Out Their Flag Repping Outfits and Swim Wear Shots

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The Miss Universe pageant will be taking place on November 9th, 2013 in Crocus City Hall in Russia.

Representing Africa are 10 girls from Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa. The contestants have been in Russia over the past couple of weeks, and have had a chance to showcase their talents, and yes their very different and fascinating looks.

Check em out.

Miss Angola

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Vaumara Rebelo
Angola
Hometown: Luanda
Height: 5’ 8”
Age: 22

BIO: Vaumara Rebelo has a passion for travel, tennis and photography. An avid reader, she has a library of over 70 novels and hopes to work with children in the future. During past jobs, Vaumara created an educational cartoon for children in her country and hosted a Hip-Hop and R&B radio show.

In her own words
Angola is a place that is rich in culture and beauty; its people truly know its history.

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Miss Botswana

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Tsaone Macheng
Botswana
Hometown: Gaborone
Height: 5’ 4”
Age: 24

BIO: Tsaone Macheng is currently studying fine arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She enjoys traveling, singing and art, and has been playing the marimba, a wooden percussion instrument, and painting since grade school. At a young age, her father instilled in her the value of hard work, which she strives to live by in her everyday life.

In her own words
No living thing exists in isolation. A little empathy can go a long way.

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Miss Ethiopia

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Maheder Tigabe
Ethiopia
Hometown: Addis Ababa
Height: 5’ 11”
Age: 19

BIO: Mhadere Tigabe is a mechanical engineering student at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Some of her hobbies include: reading, gardening and tutoring children from unprivileged areas. She loves to watch documentaries and hopes to one day influence people in a positive way.

In her own words
I believe my father equipped me with all the life lessons that allowed me to become independent, powerful, self-confident and educated.

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Miss Gabon

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Jennifer Ondo
Gabon
Hometown: Moanda
Height: 5’ 9”
Age: 21
BIO: Jennifer Ondo grew up on a farm in Bidougui Village with her grandmother, where she learned how to raise crops, catch fish, dance and sing. She has a passion for philanthropy, and is most interested in advocating for women and providing aid to the homeless. Jennifer currently studies at Santa Monica College and serves as the National Representative for the Miss Universe Gabon National Committee.

In her own words
My role model is Madame Malika Bongo, the president of the Miss Universe Gabon National Committee, because she helped me realize my dreams and taught me the value of giving back to my community.

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Miss Ghana

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Hanniel Jamin
Ghana
Hometown: Accra
Height: 5’ 8”
Age: 19

BIO: Hanniel Jamin was born in Ghana, but moved to Nigeria when she was a young girl. She recently graduated from Senior Secondary School and says that education has always been a high priority in her life. Through her schooling, Hanniel developed a passion for singing and still takes voice lessons to this day.

In her own words
Ghana is the gateway to Africa.

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Miss Mauritius

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Diya Beeltah
Mauritius
Hometown: City Quatre-Bornes
Height: 5’ 8”
Age: 25

BIO: Diya Beeltah is a Research Analyst at The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Diya’s dream is to become an important professional decision maker for her country. She enjoys playing badminton and cites her mother’s lap as the most comfortable and peaceful place on Earth.

In her own words
Solving the social issues that exist in the world today is not going to be easy, but I still firmly believe that addressing poverty, providing the right education and instilling proper values would be a good start.

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Miss Namibia

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Paulina Malulu
Namibia
Hometown: Windhoek
Height: 5’ 7”
Age: 24

BIO: Paulina Maluiu is a health and skin care therapist currently pursuing studies in productivity. She aspires to open a chain of spas in Namibia one day. In her spare time, Paulina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and crafting.

In her own words
I am a woman. You cannot break me. You can only mold me.

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Miss Nigeria

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Stephanie Okwu
Nigeria
Hometown: Imo State
Height: 6’ 1”
Age: 19

BIO: Stephanie Okwu is studying science and technology education and is interested in motivational speaking, dancing and modeling. She has a passion for philanthropy, and is working with the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

In her own words
Everything works together in the end for my own good.

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Miss South Africa

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Marilyn Ramos
South Africa
Hometown: Klerksdorp
Height: 5’ 9”
Age: 22

BIO: Marilyn Ramos is currently studying landscape design and architecture at Inscape Design College in Pretoria, South Africa, and dreams of opening her own fitness and wellness center. Although she considers herself a “girlie-girl,” she has a love for the outdoors, hockey, swimming and horseback riding. In the last year, Marilyn has spent much of her time doing charity work to help improve the lives of children in her community and hopes to help spread the message of healthy living.

In her own words
I seek God’s purpose in everything I do. It influences my outlook and dreams, and gives me personal strength.

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Miss Tanzania

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Betty Omara
Tanzania
Hometown: Dar es Salaam
Height: 5’ 8”
Age: 20

BIO: Betty Omara currently works as a model, but has dreams of becoming a journalist and reporting on international affairs. A born leader full of energy and determination, Betty has a passion for philanthropy and helping others.

In her own words
Every morning when I wake up, I feel so grateful that I can do the things I love.

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There you have it folks. The contestants representing Africa in this year’s Miss Universe.

To vote for your favorite contestants be sure to visit, missuniverse.com

Credits: Miss Universe

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