In Summary
  • The country has been experiencing challenges with its traditional sources of tourists like UK and US.
  • On May 12, Ms Komal was selected to represent Kenya in the 23rd annual Miss India Worldwide after a series of interviews. She had a chance to represent the UK but chose Kenya.
  • Ms Komal had to bid her motherland goodbye in August 2009 to pursue further studies in UK.

A UK-based Kenyan model will represent the country in the annual Miss India Worldwide taking place in Dubai on June 20.

Ms Komal Halai, a second year human resource management student at the De Montfort University, will be flying Kenya’s flag at the event at a time when the country is seeking to diversify its sources of tourists.

The country has been experiencing challenges with its traditional sources of tourists like UK and US.

“Believe it or not, I chose to represent Kenya (over UK) because I felt like this would be the best time to show people what Kenyans are made of,” says Ms Komal, 21.

“I am constantly promoting Kenya wherever I go because I want others to experience her beauty.”Last month, tour companies evacuated several Western tourists from Kenya after the US, UK, France and Australia stepped their travel advisories citing impending terror attacks.

But Ms Komal thinks the developments are unfair on Kenyans.

“I can understand a country’s concern for its citizens but this might be pushing it a little bit far. I am so disappointed with how quick everything happened,” she said in an e-mail interview.

“Thousands of jobs were lost in the hospitality industry. If anything, that directly affects the country’s economy and even security. More people out of jobs is more criminals born.”

On May 12, Ms Komal was selected to represent Kenya in the 23rd annual Miss India Worldwide after a series of interviews. She had a chance to represent the UK but chose Kenya.

The final outcome will be based on the judges’ decisions, meaning Kenyans will not have a chance to vote.

However, there are sub-titles that Kenyans could help with like the Facebook Queen. To vote for Ms Komal for such categories, all you have to do is like her official page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HalaiKomal. The model has been visiting the country at least once every year for the last five years.

She plans to relocate back home but at a date that is yet to be confirmed.

Locally, she has adopted a baby elephant named Kamok at David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust.

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