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Rundu’s Michelle Mukuve is Miss Namibia 2021 second runner-up


Michelle Mukuve, 21, of Rundu, Kavango-East, Namibia almost won Miss Namibia 2021. She was second runner-up.

Hosted by Adriano Visagie, the Miss Namibia 2021 coronation ceremony took place in Windhoek, Namibia on June 5, 2021 and was broadcast live on NBC1. Nic Kruger, Umbi Karuaihe, Ntwala Mwilima, Cynthia Schimming and Robinson Hangula served as the judges.

Including Mukuve, 15 finalists competed for the title. Crowned Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Tashaleen Shikongo, 23, of Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia will compete at Miss Universe 2021.

Runner-up to Shikongo was Annerie Maré, 26, of Kamanjab. Aurelia Samuyenga, 23, of Windhoek and Chane Ann Marshall, 26, of Swakopmund finished in the Top 5.


Born in raised in Rundu, Mukuve attended Noordgrens Secondary School in Rundu. On May 3, 2019, she was crowned Miss Rundu 2019.

Currently, Mukuve is studying entrepreneurship at the University of Namibia. She believes that confidence is the best outfit one can wear and she prides herself daily in being better than the person she was yesterday.

It has yet to be confirmed if Mukuve is representing Namibia in an international beauty pageant. Miss Namibia 2019 second runner-up Johanna Swartbooi was SYM Female Model of the Year 2020.


Miss Universe was formed on June 28, 1952. It is one of the top four international beauty pageants along with Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.

On November 29, 2020, Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, of Baguio City, Philippines competed against 83 other candidates at Miss Earth 2020 and ranked third, winning the Miss Earth-Water 2020 title. She lost to Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey, 29, of the United States and the runner-up Miss Earth-Air 2020 Stephany Zreik, 25, of Venezuela.

Representing Baguio City, Baeyens was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2020 on July 26, 2020. She was born in Baguio City to her Belgian father Walter Baeyens and her Filipino mother Julia Agnaonao-Baeyens, who is from Catengan, Besao, Mountain Province, Philippines.

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