Miss Namibia national director Connie Maritz has lashed out at social media critics saying it is unfair to parade Pupkewitz Toyota before a public court of social media instead of appreciating their generosity.
The car dealership has come under fire for giving Miss Namibia Chelsi Shikongo a cheaper vehicle that than her first Princess whose vehicle was branded with her name.
“May we ask those, so quick to post disparaging comments about an act of generosity by Pupkewitz Toyota on this platform: Would you rather have the use of a Toyota Corolla for 2 months or a Toyota Starlet for 12 months as a prize? Of course, you will opt for the latter. And that is precisely what Chelsi, our Miss Namibia, has received as part of her prize package, made possible by the generosity of Pupkewitz Toyota,” Maritz lashed out.
While she pointed out that the first princess usually does not receive a car as part of their prize, an exception was made for Annerie who will have the vehicle for two months to travel between Windhoek and Kambanjab where she has a charity project which is a requirement for her participation in the Miss World pageant.
According to Maritz, this exception was made because Annerie does not own a car.
“The Miss Universe and Miss World Pageants are scheduled so close together this year that we cannot even consider sending Chelsi as our Country’s delegate to both of them. For that reason, Chelsi will be our delegate to the Miss Universe Pageant on 12 December and Annerie will represent our country at the Miss World Pageant on 17 December. The Miss World Organisation generously donated part of their licence fee, which we would have had to pay them for Namibia’s participation, to a welfare project of Annerie’s choice in Namibia. That project, intended to benefit a disadvantaged community in the Kamanjab area will be launched before the commencement of the Miss World Pageant and will require from Annerie to commute between Windhoek and Kamanjab regularly.”
Maritz continued that instead of finding fault, Namibians must unite to support the two women to represent their country on the international stage.
Miss Namibia put out a press statement explaining the use of cars and their differences.
Speaking on the outrage from social media on the cars, Olivia Gentz, the marketing director of Pupkewitz Toyota admitted to the media that Shikongo’s vehicle was indeed cheaper than Marés.
“We decided to give Maré also a car because she has a lot of charity work to do. Shikongo’s vehicle also does not have her name printed on the outside like Maré’s car, but this is not something new. Even in the past, we did not print the Miss Namibia’s winners name on the car,” Gentz said.