Zaitoun, 20, from the town of Kfarchouba in the south of the country, got the title she kept Miss Lebanon For 2018 Maya Raidy for four years after the competition could not be held during the last three years, first due to the popular protests in October 2019, then the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial crisis in the country.
The elected queen, who studies journalism, is 167 centimeters tall and weighs 51 kilograms, and will receive a financial prize of 100,000 dollars, and will represent Lebanon in the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.
Maya Abul-Hassan was the first runner-up, Jacinta Rashid, the second runner-up, and Lara Hrawi, the third runner-up, while Al-Khalasiya Dalal Hoballah was the fourth runner-up.
Seventeen participants competed to win the title of the competition sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism under the slogan “We miss Lebanon”, and it was broadcast by LBCI directly from the Forum de Beirut hall.
The jury consisted of musician Michel Fadel, “influencer” on social networks, Karen Wazen, general director of “An-Nahar” newspaper and “An-Nahar” website, Nayla Tueni, producer Mohamed Yahya, director of Caracalla Theater Ivan Caracalla, presenter Hilda Khalife, and Miss Lebanon For the year 1993 Samaya Shadrawi, and the current Polish Miss World Karolina Bilavska, who was replaced by the chairperson of the board of directors of the organizing body for the Miss World contest, Julia Morley, due to a health problem.
The contestants first wore a bathing suit, and then swayed in front of the audience and the jury in evening dresses signed by the Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika.
The jury then chose 9 of the contestants, and its members asked them various questions.
Five participants then qualified for the final stage, and they were asked a unified question about their opinion of the Ministry of Tourism’s campaign to promote the summer season in Lebanon and the region they choose to highlight in this context.
The Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram performed the party, which included dancing panels and presented by the Lebanese presenter and actress Aimee Sayah.
The return of this beauty contest, which was launched at the time of the French mandate for Lebanon more than nine decades ago, and has been reserved for an annual date since the sixties, is symbolic in light of the stifling economic crisis that the country has been going through for nearly 3 years.
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