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Contributed By: Saif Rahman Sozib for World Fashion Media News

Miss Polo International (MPI) is an exclusive beauty pageant premised on the Polo game. Its sole aim, apart from promoting the game of Polo, is to empower a young beauty queen as Miss Polo International global ambassador to carry out charitable acts in improving education globally especially in the most impoverished regions of the world.   Miss Polo International, besides the Global Ambassador, also empowers other beauty queens at both National and Continental levels to carry out charitable acts to support and improve education within their spheres of influence.   MPI Pageant does not focus mainly on physical beauty, unlike most other pageants, it is excepted to promote inner beauty such as natural intelligence, emotional intelligence, team spirit, leadership, etc. As a result, Miss Polo International Pageant is devoid of any sort of swimsuit/bikini competition or parade.
  
MPI auditions are held in different countries to select contestants, and successful contestants are officially announced and coached on etiquette, stage presence and other MPI bespoke training at the boot-camp before contestants are staged at the finale which is notable for segments such as Sports Wear Parade, Interviews, Traditional Wear /Dance Parade etc. 
The maiden edition of Miss Polo International took place at Transcorp Hilton, in Abuja, the beautiful capital city of Nigeria in August 2018. The Pageant staged about 20 MPI National beauty queens from 5 continents of the world – Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe. The dazzlingly colourful Grand Finale event attracted many high profile international guests, diplomats of participating countries, representatives from several government ministries and parastatals in Nigeria, CEOs of partner/sponsor organizations, celebrities from all over the world, journalists from notable media houses, pageant judges, Polo players and of course a handful of Polo enthusiasts from within and outside the host country.  

Miss Nazneen Shaikh, a 26-year-old professional Photographer representing her country, India, emerged as the 2018 Miss Polo International. Runners up and other Queens with MPI Continental titles were also crowned. 

The Miss Polo International Beauty Pageant is a registered trademark exclusive to Polo International Events Ltd. It is the brain child of a Veteran Event Manager, Pageant Director, Beauty Queen, International Business Woman and Philanthropist, Mrs. Ibife Alufohai.   Her love for the game of Polo and her very deep concern about improving education globally led to the establishment of Miss Polo International Pageant. She believes, in her own words, that: “Education allows us to connect the dots of the various pieces of information we garner and we interpret them based on our own diaspora and uniqueness. Education brightens the colours of life with rays of boundless innovative imaginations.   One thing I wish I could do is, to provide education for all: no child left behind and change the world for good!”  Her passion and dedication to the MPI vision has made the pageant to gain global recognition as one of the top 10 most prestigious pageants in the world after only one edition. 

The 2019 edition of the Pageant will be held from the 9th to 15th September, 2019 in the beautiful city of Dubai, UAE at the Musichall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Palm Jumeirah. It will be graced by members of the royal family in the UAE, celebrities from all over the world, outstanding Polo Players, CEOs of Large Corporations, and notable Polo Enthusiasts, among many others. 

To secure sponsorship or partnership deals at MPI 2019 in Dubai, please contact MPI at [email protected].

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