Liliane Iradukunda beat stiff competition from the 20 girls who spent 14 days in boot camp at Golden Tulip La Palisse Hotel in Nyamata, but mainly Shannitah Umunyana and Natacha Ursule Irebe who were crowned first and second runner-up respectively.
Iradukunda, 18, who represented Western Province weighs 57kg, and is 1.70 meters tall. Rwanda Inspiration Backup are the organisers of the annual beauty pagean.
Iradukunda took home a brand new Suzuki Baleno courtesy of Rwanda Motors, and will earn a monthly salary of Rwf800,000 in the next year, courtesy of Cogebanque.
She also received additional prizes that include air tickets to international beauty contests from RwandAir, and cosmetics among other goodies from different sponsors.
Unlike previous Miss Rwanda editions, contestants also had an oral test that was moderated by Sonia Rolland, Miss France 2000, and other judges. Results from both written and oral pre-judgement were key in determining the contestants who made it to the top 10. The results were announced during the grand finale.
Those that made it into the top 10 were: Liliane Uwase Ndahiro, Liliane Iradukunda, Noriella Ishimwe, Shanittah Umunyana, Natacha Ursule Irebe, Lydia Dushimimana , Karen Umuhoza, Paola Umutoniwase, Phiona Uwase and Divine Ingabire
How the girls fared in boot camp also increased their chances of succeeding thethen-reigning Miss Rwanda 2017.
The jury was comprised of two men and three ladies. They included, Sonia Rolland, a Rwandan-French actress and Miss France 2000; former Miss Universe contestant and Miss Rwanda 2016, Jolly Mutesi – the first beauty queen to represent Rwanda at Miss World finals – and Sandrine Isheja Butera, a radio presenter and leading Rwandan media personalities