Rabat – Siham Elazzoui, a 24-year-old college student, has been awarded the title of Miss Amazigh 2018, in a ceremony held on Saturday in Agadir.
The coronation ceremony showcased 10 candidates for the title, drawing participation from more than 500 people who were allowed to vote for the first time alongside the jury.
Elazzoui, who holds a degree in business management, won the majority of the jury votes in addition to 69 votes from the audience.
Social and charitable activities, raising awareness among children in rural communities in isolated villages in the region of Souss Massa, in addition to representing the Amazigh women and culture, are Siham’s main focus from now on.
The jury was composed of specialists and actors in various fields and selected Elazzoui from among nine other contestants. Contestants are judged on various criteria, including beauty, knowledge of Tamazight culture, and mastery of the Tamazight language. The pageant was is open to women from the ages of 18-29.
The Moroccan Amazigh Beauty Pageant was organized as part of the festivities celebrating the Amazigh New Year, better known as Yennayer, which falls annually on January 12, marking the year 2968 according to the Amazigh calendar.