The Miss Lebanon 2022 beauty pageant brought a sparkle to Beirut that outshone the brightest star. On the 24th of July 2022, an exceptional cadre of young women ascended the stage at the Forum de Beyrouth. By night’s end, Yasmina Zaytoun, the dazzling star from Tyre, had her life changed forever.
A night of elegance and international pomp
With the fragrance of jasmine in the air, the Miss Lebanon pageant began. But this year’s affair had an international touch as members of the Miss World organisation graced the event. Amongst the distinguished guests were Julia Morley, CEO and chairperson of the Miss World organisation, Stephen Douglas Morley, Miss World 2021 Karolina Bielawska, first runner-up Miss World Americas 2021 Shree Saini, second runner-up Miss World Africa 2021 Olivia Yacé, and Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh.
The crowning of Yasmina Zaytoun
The crowning moment was as splendid as the journey. Maya Reaidy, the erstwhile Miss Lebanon, passed on the mantle to Yasmina Ismail Zaytoun amidst tumultuous applause. It was an emotional moment for all, as Yasmina’s grace, poise, and beauty charmed the audience and judges alike. A virtual speech by Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, National Director of Miss Universe Lebanon, unveiled that Yasmina would represent Lebanon in Miss Universe 2022 and Miss World 2023. This revelation added an aura of responsibility and pride to the crown.
Yasmina Zaytoun: a star is born
Yasmina Zaytoun, a radiant star whose brilliance shone on the stage of the Miss Lebanon 2022 beauty pageant, is not only a symbol of beauty but also a reflection of her rich and diverse heritage. Born on the 26th of October 2002 in the enchanting city of Tyre, Lebanon, she carries within her the tapestry of a vibrant culture that extends beyond geographical boundaries.
Raised in Tyre, Miss Lebanon 2022’s youth was marked by her thirst for knowledge and elegance. Her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Notre Dame University-Louaize in Zouk Mosbeh exemplifies her passion for education. This passion manifested itself in April 2021 when she started hosting an education-focused show titled With Yasmina Show.
From Tyre to the world stage
This was Yasmina’s first foray into the world of pageantry, having been chosen to represent the district of Hasbaya. Amongst 16 other talented candidates, Yasmina’s journey to the top was marked by her refinement and intellect. Advancing through the top nine, and subsequently the top five, she stood poised as the crowning glory awaited her.
A platform for change and empowerment
As Miss Lebanon 2022, Yasmina Zaytoun is not just a national icon but a global ambassador. With the responsibility of representing Lebanon at Miss Universe 2022 and Miss World 2023, her platform can catalyse positive change.
Yasmina’s background in education, along with the grace she has displayed, positions her uniquely to champion causes close to her heart. As she stands on the cusp of representing her country on the world stage, her journey from the shores of Tyre to the global platform is an inspiration for every young woman.
The pageant’s grand finale was a captivating spectacle that etched an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all those fortunate enough to witness its awe-inspiring culmination. In the midst of a dazzling display of beauty, poise, and talent, Yasmina Zaytoun, a true epitome of grace, intellect, and cultural heritage, stood as a shining beacon of hope and inspiration. Adorned not only with a crown that perfectly adorned her head, but also with the weighty expectations and aspirations of an entire nation, Yasmina became an embodiment of resilience and determination, carrying the dreams and aspirations of countless young women on her regal shoulders.
Image Credit: Yasmina Zaytoun on Instagram