Kisanet Teklehaimanot is the face of Ethiopia this year representing the country in the upcoming Miss World contest, taking place in China on the 19th December. Kisanet is 21 and was born and raised in Adigrat in the northern region of Tigray. A Computer Science graduate, Kisanet loves technology, but she is also interested in the fashion world and hopes one day that she can become a renowned fashion designer. 

Having already worked closely with several Ethiopian Designers, she thinks she has what it takes to be successful. In her spare time, Kisanet is an avid reader, likes to listen to blues and classical music, and is a big fan of traditional Ethiopian culture, including cuisine  (especially Shiro) music and dancing. Kisanet is proud of her heritage and is quoted as saying” “Ethiopia is known worldwide as the cradle of civilisation and home of the first humans.

The region that I was raised in is known for its ancient form of Christianity and is said to be the final resting place of the Arc of the Covenant.”  Asked if and what Super Power she could have, she responded “The ability to create peace. All the conflicts and wars going on in the world today have caused countless deaths and immeasurable destruction. My superpower would allow me to stop all that and to create a world where everyone would be able to live side by side in peace and harmony”. 

Asked if she could invite anyone (living or historic) to dinner, who would it be and why, her answer was: “I would choose former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He has been a driving force in changing the image of the country and has been hailed the world over as a great thinker and astute politician”.

Asked about her “dream” job, this was her reply: 

My dream job would be the head of an organisation that would build a centre to enable people to get jobs in my village. This job would help me change not only other people’s lives but make a difference for entire generations”

We wish Kisanet the best of luck in the upcoming competition.