Deaf Girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa
21-year-old Babelynn Mukila made history on Saturday as the first ever deaf and dumb model to be crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa County. She had competed in the previous edition without success, but vowed to not give up, just so she can show the world that disability is not inability. A 21-year-old beauty school student, who is also deaf and dumb, was on Saturday evening May 28 crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa County.The model, Babelyn Mukila, defied all odds to emerge winner during the function held at Rizfar Hair and Beauty College.
Deaf and dumb girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa

Mukila (right) with the outgoing Mombasa County Miss Tourism Tima Kellah

Mukila was second time lucky, having competed in the 2015 edition and emerged the first runner up, according to Mombasa-based Baraka FM.
Deaf and dumb girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa

Mukila with her mum.

The Mombasa Technical Training Institute student said she was elated that her dream to win in such a beauty pageant had come true, and that she could showcase to the world that disability is not inability.

“We the deaf people rarely get opportunities to be represented in such events and we want to show people that we too can do this. My passion to represent the deaf and dumb society is what motivates me,” Mukila said via an interpreter, as quoted in the report.

Deaf and dumb girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa

The local deaf and dumb society came out to support the model.

Her friends and family, as well as the deaf and dumb community in the region were in attendance to cheer her on, and were equally excited when she emerged winner.
Deaf and dumb girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa

Mukila with her family

The glitzy event that was organised by Rizfar Hair and Beauty College in conjunction with other stakeholders attracted five entries.
Deaf and dumb girl crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa

Other participants who took part in the competition on Saturday. Ruth Karimi (far right) emerged the 1st runners up.

Ruth Karimi, 25, took the 1st runners up position, while 24-year-old Patricia Maina was crowned the 2nd runners up.
Mukila will meet other finalists from the other 46 counties on Monday May 30 for a photoshoot in Nairobi.

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