Since 2015, four crowns have been used to decorate the winners. They are circular handcrafted headdress won by Miss Rwanda and her two runner-ups.
Commissioned to the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, the design of the crowns was made using beads (approximately 1,300 each) and other traditional materials.
The crown that belongs to Miss Rwanda has three triangular features. They stand for Rwanda’s many hills, known as impinga in Kinyarwanda – which also brings out the meaning of Nyampinga : a gils that stands out of many others because of her outstanding brilliance, beauty and respect for cultural values.
The tall triangular shape, in the middle, stands for the Miss and the other two stand for the runner-ups. The crowns of the latter, however, only have one triangular shape.
The crowns also bear the colours of Rwanda’s national flag : green symbolizes the country’s prosperity ; yellow is symbolic of potential and real economic development ; and blue is symbolic of happiness and peace.
This implies that Miss Rwanda and her runner-ups should be the ambassador of these aspects in or outside the country. They are tasked to be representatives of their fellow youths, be their voice as well as their role model, and actively contribute to the development of the country. Moreover, the girls are expected to always identify themselves with the country, cherish and maintain its culture.
You can learn more about these crowns on the official website of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda.