jerutoMagline Jeruto, Miss World Kenya 2017 on Saturday finished an impressive fifth in the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China.

The 24 year old traveling consultant, also retained her Miss World Africa title.

Passionate about autism, Ms Jeruto who hails from Elgeyo Marakwet county, beat Indonesia’s Achintya Holte Nilsen, Jamaica’s Solange Sinclair, Russia’s Polina Popova, South Africa’s Adè van Heerden and South Korea Ha-eun Kim to secure her place in the top 5.

Taking it home was Manushi Chhillar of India, and in second place was Mexico’s Andreae Meza, coming in third was England’s Stephanie Hill while France’s Aurore Kichenin came in fourth.

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jerutoBefore the pageant, Terry Mungai, CEO Ashleys Kenya and Miss World Kenya penned an open letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta asking for funds.

”We are cognizant of the current economic challenges that the political tension has caused. This has adversely affected our would-be corporate sponsors and has greatly depleted our finances on a personal and business level.

However, mandatory competition requirements and expenses such as airline tickets, wardrobe, accommodation, and participation expenses have to be facilitated to create a conducive and equal environment for all contestants. To make this happen I have incurred personal debt to the tune of Sh2.5Million Mr. President as you go about your many national duties serving the great people of Kenya, may you find it in you to hear our simple plea. As you have done in the past, may you remember us and support us here in China,” Ms Mungai lamented.

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