Ilford fashion student crowned Miss State Commonwealth
PUBLISHED: 15:55 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:55 22 December 2014
A fashion student set on challenging perceptions of her area has been crowned beauty queen at a pageant.
Sharon Mwangi, 19, from Ilford, who plans to visit Uganda to help orphaned babies, has been named Miss State Commonwealth 2014/15.
Sharon, who entered as Miss Kenya and was born in Nairobi, dazzled judges in her sparkling gown and impressed with her clothing collection for children in the talent section of the competition.
The budding designer and model, who moved to London aged three, wants to use her pageant queen status to help make a difference in Ilford and in Kenya.
“I didn’t expect to win it at all because I’ve never modelled in my life,” said Sharon.
She added: “I want to work with the community however I can, helping in churches or even with classes in the library.”
The University of the Arts London student, who is due to work with charity Watoto in Uganda, wants to one day train as a midwife and help provide care in her birthplace.
Sharon said: “There are so many unnecessary deaths – it just breaks my heart – and Kenya is a place that’s so close to me and my family.”
The brand new Miss State Commonwealth, who is also working with the Kenyan Children’s Project, wants to inspire others in her area to give back.
She said: “Loxford is one of the worst estates in the borough, there’s a lot of poverty and people don’t get along. The stigma attached to Loxford is very negative but I want to change that.”
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