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Durban crowned Mrs Universe making world a better place

Published Sep 4, 2017

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An ecstatic Mrs Vietnam was crowned Mrs Universe in a glittering event at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre at the weekend.

Tram Hoang Luu, 43, burst into tears as last year’s winner, Olga Tornor from Austria, handed over the crown at the 40th Annual Mrs Universe pageant, held for the first time in Africa. Mrs Vietnam triumphed over 84 international contestants to clinch the coveted title.

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“I am so amazed. I did not expect to win when I came here this evening because all the contestants are such incredible women,” the new Mrs Universe said.

“This evening is just fantastic - I’m enjoying every moment!”

Luu thanked South Africa and particularly Durban for its warm hospitality.

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Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba Moubouyi, was named first runner-up and Mrs Pakistan, Taiba Noorulian Sheheryar, was second runner-up. Mrs France, Anastasia Gorshkova, and Mrs India, Shaveta Athwal, rounded off the top five.

South Africa was represented by Durban wife and mom Trisha Poona, who was placed in the top 25. Poona was the audience favourite, receiving huge applause and encouragement whenever she appeared on stage.

“Let tonight be the night that Durban remembers as being the night that brought the world to our doorstep. Let tonight be the night that Africa celebrates its women and women empowerment,” said Tracey-Anne Aggett, the woman who was responsible for bringing Mrs Universe to Africa for the first time.

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As Mrs Universe hosting director: Africa, Aggett had campaigned tirelessly to bring the activist-themed event to South Africa and to use it as a platform to draw attention to the global scourge of violence against women and children.

“We are extremely humbled by the support we’ve received to stage this event on African soil for the first time.

“Each of the contestants here tonight is a winner - for overcoming incredible odds to succeed and for making meaningful contributions to their respective communities to bring about positive change,” Aggett added.

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