Hawa Kamara made history this week when she became the very first representative of Sierra Leone in the Miss Universe pageant.
Kamara is an experienced pageant contestant, having been crowned Miss West Africa in 2013.
She hopes that the publicity from her entry into the Miss Universe competition would encourage more people to visit her home country. “When you come to Sierra Leone, firstly, expect a lot of smiles at the airport. A lot of the time, the places you go, (there is) a connection between people. And then (there’s) our food, which is delicious — it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss,” she said.
Kamara said that beside beauty pageant work, she is involved with charities that are helping people who’ve been affected by the Ebola virus epidemic that killed more than 3,900 people in recent years.