By Gontse Gareebine-Bass in Olso, Norway
Botswana-born beauty beats the blondes to become Miss Norway 2010
All eyes are on Africa right now. With South Africa’s Bafana Bafana beating France, and Ghana beating America last Saturday at the World Cup matches, I watched with pride and joy here in Norway, as Botswana-born Melinda Victoria Elvenes continued the African magic by living up to her middle name, as she scooped the renowned Miss Norway 2010 crown right under the noses of equally imposing opposition.
In two contrasting climates; one of long and bright midsummer days in Norway, and one of short and bitter cold days in southern Africa, 23 year-old Elvenes was on June 26 crowned Miss Norway 2010.
Wildly cheering her on were both Norwegian and Batswana fans.
With her striking features of high cheek bones, a strong jaw and a pointed nose, Elvenes combines the best of sunny Africa’s fiery hot Chic with snowy Scandinavia’s ice-calm and collected Cool.
Norway is well-known for its beautiful women and Elvenes, despite hot competition, was voted favourite during the last leg of the contest, walking away as queen amongst 400 hopefuls who had taken part in Miss Norway 2010.
The graceful beauty Melinda Victoria Elvenes, who lives in the Nordic country, was born in Maun, Botswana to a Motswana mother, and a Norwegian father. Proud of her heritage, she had the audience in stitches when she said tongue in cheek, “I was born to a Motswana mother and a Norwegian father, but my mother is now a Norwegian citizen, and my father has become a Botswana citizen.”
Upon receiving the title, she said, “Words cannot explain how I feel right now. It is a great and a wonderful surprise to say the least. I have been myself throughout the competition, and I think it is important to be oneself at all times.”
With the title draped gracefully over her elegant shoulder, Elvenes will hold the Miss Norway title (Frøken Norge in Norwegian) for a whole year, and with it comes the opportunity to represent Norway at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Las Vegas, USA in August. “I am looking forward to taking part in Miss Universe, which I see as a key to many different and exciting doors,” she said.
Also crowned during this annual competition was Mariann Birkedal, also 23, who will represent Norway at the Miss World competition to be held in Vietnam in October.