Doriane Kundwa, a 19-year-old student from the Northern Province, has been elected Miss Rwanda 2015 on Saturday, beating 14 other contestants.
Kundwa, who also won the Miss Popularity title, was followed by Kigali City beauty queen Vanessa Raissa Uwase and Lynca Akacu Uwse from the Eastern Province.
Fiona Ntaringwa and Balbine Mutoni completed the top-5 at the pageant, which seemed to be the best organized and attended so far.
Darlène Gasana was crowned Miss Heritage while Sabrina Ihozo Kalisa became Miss Photogenic and Joannah Bagwire Miss Congeniality.
Early on Sunday morning, as she was airlifted to Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Kundwa thanked Rwandans for their support.
“Good morning Rwanda. Still can’t find a suitable word to express my feelings… thank you so much I love you all,” she tweeted.
“I cannot express how grateful I am to have each and everyone of you in my life thank you so so much for all of your love and support.”
As Miss Rwanda 2015, Kundwa was given a Suzuki Swift and will receive a monthly stipend of $1000 during her reign. She also became brand ambassador for telecommunications company Airtel.
She will also engage in different activities that will entail extensive travel around Rwanda and the world as an ambassador for the country, carry out charity work and act as a role model for young women in Rwanda.