PROFILES:

FLAVIANA MATATA – 2007

flaviana_missHer star began shining when she shot to international fame in 2007 after she won the Miss Universe Tanzania title and became the first woman to represent her country in the pageant’s history. Flaviana was also the first bald woman to compete in a beauty pageant defying the popular notion of beauty. Her natural African look and her charming personality propelled her to 6th place in the finals of Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico City. This was just a stepping stone for this African beauty. After serving her title with outstanding charity activities including being the Goodwill Ambassador of the SOS Children’s Village in Tanzania and working with drug addicted youth. Flaviana also travelled the world as Tanzania’s representative in various events including the glamorous esteemed Budapest Opera Ball in 2008. In a visit to a charity event in New York, Flaviana was discovered by Russell Simmons who helped her secure interviews with modeling agencies in the US. She then went on to sign with international model agency – NEXT. She now works with Next Europe (UK, Paris and Milan), Wilhelmina Models US and Boss Models South Africa. Flaviana is currently living and working in New York and has been listed as one of the top 10 Black Models in Essence Magazine and online magazine Models and Moguls.

Flaviana has worked with some of the most respected professionals in the fashion industry. She has strutted the catwalk for Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu, Rachel Roy, Charlotte Ronson, Tony Burch and Vivienne Westwood among others. Flaviana has graced the catwalks of New York, London and Paris. This African model is also part of the Diesel + EDUN campaign for Africa – an initiative by the two brands to benefit African cotton farmers. Flaviana is the only model from Africa in this campaign. Flaviana was featured in various prestigious magazines including Essence, Nylon magazine, Glass magazine, Arise Magazine, FA Japan, the high fashion L’Officiel Paris magazine, the Hunger editorial, Vision magazine – China, Grazia Italy and UK, Elle magazine, Schon magazine.This African model has also modeled for the catalogues of Macy and Sheri Hill just to mention a few. Flaviana Matata is also the recipient of several international awards. This African star won the Model of the Year 2011 award at the Arise Magazine Fashion week in Lagos, Nigeria. She was awarded “Face of Africa 2012” by the African Diaspora in New York and named “Africa’s Most Outstanding Model 2012” by Nigeria’s Next Top Model.

Apart from her modeling career, Flaviana is also turning her attention to charity. She is Angel Ambassador of Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) along with Kim Kardashian, Nicola Breytenbach-Steiner and Selita Banks – all are working closely with Russell Simmons on various charities in Africa.Through her foundation – the Flaviana Matata Foundation – Flaviana Matata Foundation is all about empowering girls and women through education, training and micro-finance projects, to improve their livelihoods and achieve poverty reduction.She is reaching out and helping women and children in the country through various charity activities. Flaviana is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Mitindo House – a Tanzanian charity. Flaviana is also working with the Life project for Africa, Malaika for Life, Usher New Look, Malaria No More, Hassan Maajar Trust, and has now joined hands with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Inc. Flaviana  has worked with various other philanthropists in many different projects.

Flaviana Matata Honors and Awards

  • Miss Universe Tanzania 2007
  • Model of the Year 2011 – Arise Magazine
  • Face of Africa 2012
  • Africa’s Most Outstanding Model 2012 – Nigeria’s Next Top Model
AMANDA OLE SULULU – 2008

amanda_missMiss Universe Tanzania 2008 was Amanda Ole Sululu were by after her return from Vietnum she went back to school and is currently living in South Africa.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2008 was Amanda Ole Sululu were by after her return from Vietnum she went back to school and is currently living in South Africa.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2008 was Amanda Ole Sululu were by after her return from Vietnum she went back to school and is currently living in South Africa.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2008 was Amanda Ole Sululu were by after her return from Vietnum she went back to school and is currently living in South Africa.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2008 was Amanda Ole Sululu were by after her return from Vietnum she went back to school and is currently living in South Africa.

ILLUMINATA JAMES – 2009

illuminata_missMiss Universe Tanzania 2009 was Illuminata James from Mwanza. After Miss Universe Finals Illuminata James got married in Nairobi, Kenya.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2009 was Illuminata James from Mwanza. After Miss Universe Finals Illuminata James got married in Nairobi, Kenya.

Miss Universe Tanzania 2009 was Illuminata James from Mwanza. After Miss Universe Finals Illuminata James got married in Nairobi, Kenya.

HELLEN DAUSEN – 2010

hellen_missWhen 27-year-old Hellen Dausen was crowned Miss Universe Tanzania2010 nobody was really surprised. In fact, many would have questioned if she hadn’t won. She had impressed the judges and the audience with her confidence on stage, creativity, quick wits and above all, her looks. In short, she had all it took to win. She has been described by some of the “insiders” of the world of beauty and modelling as the beauty with an incredible bone structure. To that, I could add; she is also confident, charming and knowledgeable. After winning Miss Universe Tanzania 2010, her Manager Maria Sarungi Tsehai took her to New York Film Academy for her filming and acting coarses. Currently Hellen Dausen is into business, she own a natural beauty care with her brand named Nuya’s Essence-Natural bath and body care.

Currently Hellen Dausen is into business, she own a natural beauty care with her brand named Nuya’s Essence-Natural bath and body care.

NELLY KAMWELU – 2011

nelly_missNelly Kamwelu won the Miss Universe Tanzania and Miss Southern Africa International titles in 2011. She the represented Tanzania in Miss Universe 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil, Miss International 2011 in China, Miss Earth 2011 in Manila, Philippines, and Miss Tourism Queen International in China.

Nelly also has featured in Music Videos of Tanzanian Musicians and also recorded a song Say it to my face before her departure for Miss Universe 2011.

Kamwelu was sponsored by the Tanzania Tourist Board to represent the country in Miss Southern Africa International pageant which was held in Ndola, Zambia as a part of Zambia International Trade Fair. She won the main title by defeating six other contestants and also won the best evening gown award. At the end of year (2011), Nelly went ahead to compete in Miss Tourism Queen International2011 and became Tanzania’s first contestant to have shined in the pageant by taking the 4th position in the finals. Nelly was also chosen by the Tanzania Embassy in Russia to take part in a fashion show that was organised by Tanzanian Embassy in Russia named Tanzania Day- 50 Years of Independence. Nelly also did several Charity work icluding BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISING. The Breast Cancer fundraising event was organized by Nelly Kamwelu with the aim of raising funds to support the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation in educating young girls and boys…on this dreadful disease. Nelly Kamwelu is now in the United States at New York Film Academy for her filming and acting coarse.

WINFRIDA DOMINIC – 2012

winfrida_missWinfrida Dominic  was crowned Miss Universe Tanzania 2012 and represented Tanzania  at the 2012 Miss Universe finals in Dar es Dar es Salaam. Winfrida was named MODEL OF THE YEAR 2012 By Swahili Fashion week. She also did couples of fashion shows within and out of Tanzania like the 50 Years of Tanzania Independence in Russia by the Tanzania Embassy in Russia. Winfrida is now studying in the New York Film Academy.

Winfrida Dominic  was crowned Miss Universe Tanzania 2012 and represented Tanzania  at the 2012 Miss Universe finals in Dar es Dar es Salaam. Winfrida was named MODEL OF THE YEAR 2012 By Swahili Fashion week. She also did couples of fashion shows within and out of Tanzania like the 50 Years of Tanzania Independence in Russia by the Tanzania Embassy in Russia. Winfrida is now studying in the New York Film Academy.

 

BETTY BONIFACE – 2013

betty_missAfter winning the Miss Universe Tanzania 2013 Betty went to Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. to represent the Country to the Miss Universe finals were she was among the top beauty queens from Africa marked with their good personality. She also did some fashion shows, SWAHILI FASHION SHOW and she was Lady in Red 2014 at the Lady in Red fashion show by Legendary fashion designer Asia Idarous. Betty also went to Russia for the fashion show by Tanzanian Embassy in Russia marked as 50 Years of Tanzania independence. Betty is now working as a TV personality at AZAM TV

 

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