Tuesday, 1st October 2013
Miss Gibraltarís emotional return after being the peopleís choice at Miss World
by Mark Viales
BACK HOME Miss Gibraltar Maroua Khabouch returns home and is greeted by a line-up of firemen from the airport’s Defence Fire & Rescue Service. She was met by Minister for Culture Steven Linares and Mayor Tony Lima both looking on from the right. Maroua finsinshed in the top six and winning The People’s Choice Award in Saturday’s Miss World pageant. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
Maroua Kharbouch returned to Gibraltar from Indonesia yesterday after clinching the People’s Choice Award at Miss World. Miss Gibraltar received a heart-warming welcome from Minister of Culture Steven Linares and Mayor Tony Lima and was presented with a bunch of flowers. An emotional Maroua was then ushered into the VIP lounge at the airport where she embraced her mother and family shedding tears of joy.
As the People’s Choice winner she spoke of her delight on receiving the award.
“For me winning the People’s Choice was probably better than winning the overall title because only a small group of people are able to judge and choose the winner of Miss World whereas thousands of people came together to vote for me as the People’s Choice. It was overwhelming and I was desperately trying to hold the tears back because it was a moment that I will never forget.”
Miss Gibraltar 2013 mentioned her pride in representing Gibraltar at the pageant.
“I am just so proud to have been there representing Gibraltar,” she said.
“It was obviously the icing on the cake when I stood there with the top five. The show ended with me in the front row, holding hands with beautiful girls from other countries, which is a memory I will hold onto forever.”
Miss Gibraltar also described how she felt having achieved so much following the success four years ago of Miss World 2009 Kaiane Aldorino.
Miss Gibraltar 2013 said: “It’s unbelievably amazing to have gone somewhat as close as she did. She, like so many other people, has made me feel like a winner myself. It was an experience that I would not be able to put into words.”
Ms Kharbouch also spoke about the sentimental reception she received as she emerged from the plane.
She said: “I’ve waited for this moment for a very long time, but I had no idea I was going to receive this beautiful welcoming. It is just continuous and endless and I’m extremely excited to be back. It has been a very emotional return.”