Contest more than skin deep
Dr Casta Tungaraza. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

The participants are easy on the eye but, make no mistake, the Miss Africa Perth pageant is not a beauty contest.

Miss Africa founder and chief executive Casta Tungaraza said that it was about mentoring the young African community in Perth.

"It is not about body, it is not about beauty, it is about bringing the community together," she said.

Dr Tungaraza, who is also the president of the African Women's Council of Australia, said the competition - now into its sixth year - was about promoting a positive message. Previous winners had already had a huge impact in the community, she said.

For the first time, Miss Africa Perth has expanded its entry criteria to include African descendants.

The 14 finalists this year are from countries such as Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Nigeria, Barbados, Congo and Zimbabwe.

The contest will be decided at the Perth Town Hall on Saturday, June 30.

The West Australian

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