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OLIVIA YACE Second Runner Miss World representing Ivory Coast 2021 – 72th Edition

Olivia Yace was crowned Second Runner

She represents Cote d’Ivoire at this year’s Miss World beauty pageant which takes place at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, the biggest outdoor arena in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Date : December 16th 2021

Location : ASM Global – 250 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Olivia Yace, Second Runner of Miss World Representing Ivory Coast 2021 

Olivia Yace, Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 has unveiled the national costume she will present at this year’s Miss World 72th Edition.

The costume, a unique ensemble of a dress accessorised with cowries, complete with a statement kente print and cowries embossed head piece, “tells the story of the Akan Women of Ivory Coast .”

But before the final of Miss World 2021, the daughter of Jean-Marc Yacé, Mayor of Cocody, has just won a sacred victory, that of the title of « Miss World Top Model 2021« .

This traditional outfit tells the story of the AKAN woman of  Ivory Coast. It represents the beauty, femininity, and braveness embodied by the women of this ethnic group.

This costume, which was totally handmade and carefully crafted with AKAN woven loincloth, celebrates the woman as a child-bearer and a life-giver.

The cowrie shells that make up the center piece come from the ocean and symbolize creation, life, and protection. They are interlaced and run all along the body to portray the beautiful waves and waterfalls of Côte d’Ivoire.

The headdress represents a calabash full of water that the AKAN woman carries on her head as she returns from the river. It is a source of life, and it symbolizes hard work.

The orange background color of the costume evokes the flag of Ivory Coast e as a symbol of patriotism. The orange stripe of the Ivorian orange-white-green flag expresses the splendor of national blossoming.

 

Olivia Yace – 23 years old Beauty Queen

The 23-year-old beauty queen who holds a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States says she traces her ancestry to the legendary Queen Abla Pokou of the Baoule people in Cote d’Ivoire.

 

The Legend of Queen Abla Pokou of Ashanti and Baoule

Legend has it that in the 18th century, Abla Pokou, (Abena Poku) the niece of King Osei Tutu, first king of the Ashanti Confederation led the Baoule people from Ghana to Cote d’Ivoire to escape persecution.

On the death of Osei Tutu, trouble stirred amongst the royals as to who will succeed him. In the successional war that ensued, Abla Pokou lost her brother Dakon. Sensing danger, she fled with her family, servants, loyal soldiers and all affiliated with her or Dakon.

But they got trapped when they reached the raging waters of Comoe and the geniuses of the river demanded a sacrifice; a human sacrifice in order for them to pass.

Nobody was willing to offer their child and their pursuers were closing in on them.

 

OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast-DN-AFRICA MEDIA PARTNER 2021

 

OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

OLIVIA YACE Miss World Ivory Coast 2021 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Falaise Dion – Queen of cowrie shells

Lafalaise-Dion-QUEEN OF COWRIES-BAAB

 

“The cowrie shells that make up the centre piece come from the ocean and symbolize creation, life, and protection. They are interlaced and run all along the body to portray the beautiful waves and waterfalls of Cote d’Ivoire. The headdress represents a calabash full of water that the AKAN woman carries on her head as she returns from the river. It is a source of life, and it symbolizes hard work. The orange stripe of the Ivorian orange-white-green flag expresses the splendour of national blossoming,” Olivia Yace added.

Lafalaise Dion, also known as the Queen of cowrie shells, is an Ivorian designer, artist and stylist whose pieces are made from cowrie shells.

Her works are inspired by the culture of her people Dan, masks and traditional dancers of Ivory Coast.

Her pieces are worn around the world, including by public figures such as Beyoncé and the Miss Ivory Coast and 2nd Runner-up Miss World 2021 Olivia Yacé.

 

 

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