Miss Kabylie 2011 crowned in Tizi-Ouzou
By Mohand Ouali for Magharebia in Algiers – 24/01/11
Anissa Kechadi beat out 14 other girls to win the "Miss Kabylie" beauty pageant on Saturday (January 22nd) in Tizi-Ouzou.
The 25-year-old from Bouira is a student in the Tamazight language and culture department at Mouloud Mammeri University. Last year, when she entered the pageant for the first time, she finished as second runner-up.
The Miss Kabylie pageant was held under the theme "Celebrating Yennayer with Beauty". It was a huge success in terms of audience numbers. The Mouloud Mammeri Cultural Centre struggled to cope with the number of people who came to see the young women competing for the crown.
The event was originally scheduled for January 11th but was postponed due to the Algeria unrest.
The selection criteria for the contest included a height of at least 1.70 metres and a university education. In addition, candidates must be able to speak the Amazighi language perfectly. Organisers received around fifty entries, choosing fifteen for the final competition.
The jury put three candidates through to the final round: Anissa Kechadi, Radia Hamad and Aimène Arhab. The crowd was kept in suspense for only a short while before success smiled on Anissa.
The newly-crowned Miss Kabylie said she wanted to dedicate the title to her parents and as a tribute to Kabylian women. Her mother, attending the ceremony, said she was proud to see her daughter being recognised as a symbol of Kabylian beauty and charm.
Event organiser Mourad Ait Ahmed said that he hoped more companies would get involved in sponsoring cultural events of this kind so that their future could be guaranteed.
The goal of the beauty competition was "to breathe new life into the fashion industry, to enable the emergence of new talents, and to capitalise on the nation's cultural heritage," Ait Ahmed told El Watan.
"Our greatest satisfaction to date has been to see this competition being recognised as part of the local cultural landscape, especially as Miss Kabylie is no longer a taboo," he said.
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