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Exclusive: People Saying Beauty Queens Sleep with Rich Men are Uncivilised…Flora Jacob

By Nathan Nathaniel Ekpo/

Pageantry in Nigeria has come a very long way and the country has witnessed lots of Queens emerge from the various pageantry held in the country with many making the country proud. For every of these competitions, there is a target which is set to be achieved but many have come up with the notion that some of these beauty pageants are not real but for one time Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Jacob Flora, while speaking with, feels those spreading such news are uncivilized.

The pretty former Queen who is now based in the United Kingdom, has continued to prove that she is a good ambassador as she not only groom others but has consistently smile home with some awards. For many who are not familiar with the face, Flora was the model on First Bank Centenary TV advert which was a hit in the late 90s and also a model on Arut beauty soap advert on TV.

Aside just getting awards, she has always been a special guest at the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant as she counts down to storming her own country for the 2016 Most Beautiful Queen in Nigeria pageant which will be coming up on the 11th of December, 2016.

Read excerpts below;
You were once a beauty queen, how credible will are these beauty pageants in Nigeria?

Beauty pageants have come a long way ever since the Country had its first pageant in the 60's. There has been various pageants and sponsorship involved knowing the awareness of the girl child empowerment in the society.

Today we see various beauty shows being organized in the country do you think these beauty shows have any impart on the society?

I believe some of the pageants have aims and objective and not far from enhancing the girls dreams of contributing positively to the society .

Is it true that some of these ladies that register for the shows or modeling agencies, they end up in the beds of the rich men?

I totally disagree, this are just bull stories told by sexist and uncivilized individuals. Individual contestants has a chaperone, usually a much matured woman that protect and advice the young adult on the right course.

Of what importance are these beauty shows to the growth of a country as people recognize beauty pageants that is internationally known like miss world?

Miss World aims is to help globally countries that desperately needs help, destitute, Aids awareness, Aides to war torn countries what have you; and other pet programmes chosen by the winning queen. Their objective is to contribute to the society through their programmes .

Every country is preaching about the girl child and good education is beauty pageants part of the ways to empower the girl child?

Yea. Some beauty pageant prizes comprises; furthering the winner that's the queen's education overseas e.g Miss World. Whilst others help and support the winners pet programmes. Every contestant before participating has a pet programme to carry out if crowned, obviously that is a piece of knowledge and responsibility to hold as a young person. It's a way of empowering the queen as an individual.

As Africans, we keep talking about good morals when it comes to dressing, will you say that wearing of Bikini pants on runways just for a crown is part of the good morale?

Africa is a civilized ground. Gone are the days, people shy away from wearing bikinis, because of cultural differences. Remember these bikinis are worn in closed doors merely for the pageants and not worn out in the streets. Furthermore, it 's not worn provocatively as a lap-dancer or worn as a pole dancer!

During your time, you got jobs on merit but these days you must know someone somewhere before you get a modeling job, so where is the merit?

Thank you for that compliments. I appreciate. I haven't heard of anyone or known a person been harassed before getting a modelling contract. I will say and advised anyone to desist from such corrupt practices because it does not tell good of the business. I'm very proud to say that, I was seriously caste with other young ladies, we had to demonstrate intelligence and body screening on cameras, the skin, and finally women are mostly the screening judges especially beauty soap TV modelling .

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