Eighteen-year-old Keziah Mero was crowned Miss Kohima 2023 on Saturday during a coronation event organized by 4front Management at De’Oriental Grand Hotel, Kohima. Nineteen-year-old Tolika K Kishepu was declared the 1st runner-up, and twenty-year-old Katienla Longchar was declared the 2nd runner-up.
Miss Kohima Keziah Mero hails from Pfutseromi Village in the Phek district and is currently pursuing her 12th standard at G Rio School, Kohima. She also bagged the Miss Talent subtitle. Keziah walked away with gift hampers worth Rs 50,000 along with a Rs 20,000 makeover voucher from Beauty Within Salon. The first and second runner-up received gift hampers worth Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000, along with Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 makeover vouchers, respectively.
Kevilenuo Semou won the Miss Photogenic subtitle, while Tolika K Kishepu won the Best Ramp Walk subtitle. The subtitle winners were awarded Rs 5000 worth of gift hampers.
4front Management comprises four members and is a non-profit organization under the aegis of Agathos Society (formerly the organization of Miss Kohima), with a vision to carry on and elevate the legacy of Miss Kohima and promote advocacy of beauty, intelligence, purpose, grace, integrity, and values, said Theja Sekhose, co-founder of the management.
Sekhose asserted that the yearly celebration of Miss Kohima is completed with the search for beauty with knowledge. “The organization held auditions at various colleges, including Sazolie College, Kohima Arts College, St. Joseph College Autonomous, Model Christian College, and an open audition for the capital, Kohima, at TS Academy of Design, Kohima,” he informed.
Sekhose said that among many participants, seven girls were chosen who experienced a day full of competition with an esteemed panel of judges: Dr. Amos Sekhose (Agathos Society), Pelevinuo Rüpreo (former Miss Kohima 2017), and Lipokzulu (General Secretary of Miss Nagaland, BASN).
The event was sponsored by Hotel De’Oriental Grand as the hospitality partner, Nagaland Tribune as the media partner, NPSC Mentors as bouquet sponsors, TS Academy of Design as the fashion partner, Akuovo Sekhose as the decor partner, and Beauty Within Salon as the makeup partner. Other sponsors included Talent Foresight, Mrs. Neipfo Rio, Nunese Sale, Vemele Dawhuo, Rhozü Collection, Tsivi, NR Studio, The Posh Boutique, Centy J, Wangcha, and Zholevolu D Rio.