Whoever said beauty pageants are airheads must have never met Miss Kenya! Not only is she a successful model, she also works as a marketing administrator for CNBC and Forbes Africa! Mary considers herself an “alpha-female” who chases after her dreams like there’s no tomorrow!
The crown might have been hers if she had a different answer in the question round. When asked about Donald Trump‘s presidency, Mary Esther Were slipped up by saying the business mogul “unified” the United States. Unfortunately that response didn’t sit well with the judges, as she was immediately eliminated before heading into the finals.
Arguably the fan favorite of Miss Universe 2016, Twitter users were left fuming after she was eliminated. Many believe she was robbed of the crown because of the Donald question! Why would you ask a Kenyan native about American politics? What answer were the judges looking for? Talking about the controversial president is a lose-lose situation.
Like all of us, Mary was heartbroken to see Barack leave office. That being said, she answered the Donald question with A LOT of positivity! Miss Kenya posted one of Barack’s “Mean Tweets” settings on her Instagram, during which he reads hateful messages about himself. Mary comments that she loves the way Barack handles criticism.
When host Steve Harvey was introducing the women, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Mary’s personal message. She said that we shouldn’t be defined by material things or what we wear, and believes there are no limitations in life. What a great role model!