I was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to Australia when I was 10 years old. I lost my parents in the war and was raised by my auntie until I moved to Australia with my cousins. Growing up without parents has always been challenging but I never let it stop me. I am a passionate individual with the desire to help others to believe in themselves and that has been the reason why I was lucky enough to be asked to represent South Sudan at Miss Grand International.
In early August this year I competed in Miss Grand and Miss Supranational Australia and became a 1st runner up. I didn't realize that the national director of Miss Grand South Sudan was following my journey and saw a potential in me so she got in contact with Australia's national director. This was an opportunity not to pass and I am very proud to be representing South Sudan.
IF YOU WERE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO VISIT SOUTH SUDAN, WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE THEM?
If I were to invite my friends to South Sudan I would invite them straight to Duk county. Duk county is where my parents were born. I felt in love with Duk when I first visited South Sudan. Duk county is made up of small villages but what makes it so special is the rich culture, the nature that surrounds the town, the green mountains, the white sand and the appreciation of culture. I would love to share all of that with my friends.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF THROUGH COMPETING IN YOUR LAST PAGEANT?
To never compare yourself to someone else. In my first pageant I did not make it through to the national finals and I remember that day, I started to look for reasons to differentiate myself from others. It is not a good feeling and competing among 20 or more beautiful girls can be hard but you have to be your own person. Love yourself because we are all different regardless.
IF YOUR FRIENDS WERE TO DESCRIBE YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?
Energetic, humble, caring and enthusiastic young person who is devoted to stand up for a good cause. High achiever and looking for opportunities to build herself up.
IF YOU HAD A CHOICE BETWEEN FAME AND FORTUNE, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
If I had the choice between fame or fortune I would choose fame. Money comes and goes but fame is a legacy that I would love to be remembered with.
IF YOU COULD CONTRIBUTE ONE THING TO THIS WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would love to become a public speaker who advocates on behalf of people who are affected by the war and to be someone who shares her stories worldwide.
IF YOU COULD BE ON THE COVER OF ANY MAGAZINE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Vogue magazine. I think it would be an amazing opportunity being on a cover of Vogue. Vogue is an international well-known magazine and who wouldn't want to be on the cover?
A GOOD LISTENER OR A GOOD TALKER? WHICH ONE IS MORE IMPORTANT?
I believe it is more important to be a good listener. Being aware in the moment, you're more likely to retain what you're hearing and to respond with more authenticity.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT.
I am in love with Bilbao. Bilbao is a city in northern Spain surrounded by beautiful mountains. There is something unique about the city, the culture, the atmosphere and the people. The architecture of the city is unique and that is why I fell in love with the city.
WHAT WOMAN IN PUBLIC LIFE DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
I really admire Angelina Jolie. I like the way she carries herself with such a class and elegance. And most importantly, she has a strong voice in advocating on human rights.
"Oh my God! This is a dream come true!"
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL APPEARANCE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I wish I had longer eyelashes!
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE TO ANYONE WHO LACKS SELF-ESTEEM?
To never compare themselves to anyone because they are just as important as anyone in their own ways. To believe in themselves and know it is okay to be different because if we were all the same, the world would be boring.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY HAVE THREE THINGS WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
A knife to hunt for food and protect myself. A torch to be aware of my surroundings (there are too many wild animals!). A blanket to keep myself warm at night.WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?
Five years from now I see myself in Africa or Southeast Asia working in the humanitarian sector. I see myself as advocate of "women at risk" and girls' education in Third World countries.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEIDI HANNELE / STYLING BY PETER SERENO
Singer/Musician – I don't have any favourite but I would say Whitney Houston and Keith Urban
Actor – Denzel Washington
Actress – I don't really have a favorite actress but there are so many out there that I admire.
Color – Any bright colour
Fashion Designer – Michael Cinco
Perfume – Lady Million by Paco Rabanne
Flower – Lily flowers
Writer – James Patterson
Book – "Guilty Wives" by James Patterson
Movie – "Safe House" starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds
Quote - "I might not be the most intelligent, talented or driven with creativity, but I am a woman, a woman of my own integrity, thoughts, and wisdom." - Teresa Yuol
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