Ugandan model Quiin Abenakyo recently earned a prestigious title for her country, but not without some unsolicited commentary on her chosen aesthetic from Uganda's president. 

The 22-year-old was crowned Miss World Africa on December 8 at the Miss World 2018 finals in Sanya City, China, after placing fourth overall. BBC News reports that while President Yoweri K Museveni was proud of her achievement, he expressed concern about her hair choice. He took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the Musoga District native wearing a weave instead of rocking her natural hair for the pageant. 

"Abenakyo is indeed a tall, beautiful Musoga girl. My only concern is that she was wearing Indian hair. I have encouraged her to keep her natural, African hair. We must show African beauty in its natural form," wrote Museveni.

Abenakyo's placement, according to New Vision Daily, was a major victory for the country as she was the first to win the Miss World Africa crown. After competing against 21 other contestants for the Miss Uganda title, she moved up the ranks past 112 international contenders. The Makerere University Business School graduate lost to Vanessa Ponce de Leon, who was the first woman from Mexico to win Miss World.  

In response to the president's criticism, she shared with the BBC that she was "not trying to copy what the Western world does." 

"It's 50/50 for me depending on the occasion and how I feel. No one needs to define how you wear your hair and what you do. If you are comfortable, that is what matters," the beauty queen said. 

Museveni's spokesman, Don Wanyama, explained the 74-year-old politician simply wanted to see Abenakyo wear a more natural look. 

"Just look at the photo, and you will see the type of hair. It's an unnatural wig; he was saying she should wear her natural hair," said Wanyama. 


Many took to Twitter to share their varying opinions: 

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