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champion Sierra Leonean Bio Medical Science Graduate Is Crowned Miss Nubian UK 2011 Fatoumata Sesay Miss Nubian Pageants attributes the growth of their brand since it inception 3 years ago on their ability to successfully redefine the concept of Pageants and change the public negative perception associated with traditional Pageants. Unlike traditional pageants that mainly focus on beauty, Miss Nubian Pageants selection criteria ensures that finalists selected not only exude intelligence, confidence, beauty and compassion for those living in the Diaspora but they also need to posses qualities befitting of a Queen and on Sat 29th Oct 2011 that’s exactly what 22 year old, talented, bio-medical graduate and aspiring dentist managed to do. In a bid to beat the stiff competition from the other 11, the beautiful Fatoumata wowed both the crowd and the esteem panel of judges that included Funmi O, CEO of Mink 50 | Calabash Magazine | issue nine Cosmetics, Fashion Designer Adebayo Jones, Award Winning Film Producer Obi and Former Aston Villa, Liverpool and England Footballer and now Youth Coach, Mark Walters. The competition kicked off with the Traditional wear round. To the sheer delight of other Sierra Leoneans and Fatoumata’s family and friends, she wore a poignant ensemble of fabrics, head wear and jewellery synonymous with her cultural heritage . Having a marketable talent One of the prizes for the overall winner was to be managed for a year so there was no doubt that Fatoumata had something extra to pull out of the bag. When the eastern inspired beats began to play, all wondered exactly what her talent was. When she graced the stage in a veil which resembled Asian attire and performed a definitely unexpected yet fantastic, authentic, hip shaking belly dance the crowds applauded and some even stood in awe. The next round was aptly titled the Sunsational Wear round and unlike Traditional Pageants, Bikinis / Swimsuits are not allowed. Instead the Finalist showcased outfits that did not expose their body parts that would otherwise be exposed with outfits such as swimwear. Fatoumata chose an outfit that was Uber Complementary of her fabulous figure and her velvety chocolate skin tone. During the penultimate evening wear round, their was a momentary gasp of amazement by the onlookers followed by mass applause when she stepped onto the stage robed in her diamante embellished dress clearly oozing sheer sophistication, grace elegance and style. After clearly impressing the audience with her external qualities it now came to the Final round where the well spoken Fatoumata conveyed to all the culmination of her exemplary levels of cultural awareness, pride in her Sierra Leonean heritage , intellect, compassion for others and ambassadorial potential. After a final performance by headlining act on the night , sister Trio - Shiikane ,it was results time and after several minutes of suspense Fatoumata managed to clinch the overall converted title and in a state of shock and euphoria she was crowned Miss Nubian UK 2011.