By Olimatou Coker
The seventh edition of the Queen of companies’ annual pageant displaying beauty and elegance of business organisations was staged last Friday, at a colourful ceremony in Senegambia.
Queen of companies is a beauty pageant initiated some seven years ago, to promote businesses and services in the country.
The night witnessed another event, Face Africa – an international modeling competition, and the launching of IMICAA Model Management Agency.
Crown winner and Miss Elegant for 2019 Queen of Companies award goes to Miss Isatou Cham of Barcelona Fashion Gambia.
Her platform was based on climate change, representing The Gambia.
First runner-up and Miss Congenital award goes to model Isatou Jabou Sagnia of Basic and Essential Super Market.
Her platform was based on food security, and she represented Nigeria.
Miss Photogenic, Miss Personality and 2nd runner-up goes to model Tida Jallow, aka Baby T of JLive Music Studio Gambia.
Her platform was based on entrepreneurship and development, representing Guinea Conakry with Rose Vida Yawson of Artistik Studio Gambia scooping the 3rd runner-up award.
Her platform was based on suicide and she represented Ghana.
Best traditional wear goes to Laila Drammeh of ILink Technology Gambia. Her platform was based on importance of technology, representing Kenya.
Miss Entertainer goes to model Mariama Soda Sowe of fashion Cante, and her platform was on cervical cancer, representing Guinea Bissau.
The event was the brainchild of William Brown of IMICAA Model Management Agency.
Also the director of Icon Model International and Creative Arts Agency, Brown said great strides have been made since the commencement of these events, which he said has gained recognition of international partners helping to expose their models to international standards.
“The platform creates awareness for people and it was also designed to promote some of the companies that most people don’t know about,” he told The Standard.
He said the agency also organises events such as fashion shows, beauty pageants and even send models to international events in Africa and in Europe.
He urged the young models to be patient, and to remain determined in their endeavours, telling them to become an international model “you have to be educated and smart”.
“Congratulations to each and every one of you companies who participated from all of us at IMICAA Model Management Agency,” a joyous Brown said.
Ali Wally, coordinator of the Agency, said modelling is about “not only the runway or catwalk”,
“It is about being intelligent, smart, and knowing how to comport yourself,” he said.
The 2019 winner of Queen of Companies, expressed delight for being crowned winner of this year’s pageant.
She received a plot of land said to worth over D300,000 given by Gam Housing Estate.
“I contested in this pageantry to make a difference, to stand and to talk to people about the problems affecting our businesses.
I thought the only way to do that was to participate in this event,” Miss Cham said.