LEONIE von Hase became the 2020 Miss Germany on Saturday night after the Namibian-born online entrepreneur scooped the big prize ahead of Lara Runarsson, Michelle-Anastasia Masalis and 13 other finalists.
The new Miss Germany’s family has a long history in the karakul farming and business community of Namibia.
At 35, von Hase was the oldest participant in this year’s final, which for this year adopted the motto “Empowering Authentic Women.”
“Women have not been interested in striving for a conventional standard of beauty for a long time now,” von Hase said on the Miss Germany website. “My perception of a ‘beautiful’ woman is the strength, character and authenticity she radiates.”
The event took place at the Europa Park Arena near Freiburg in southern Germany for the 18th consecutive year and Von Hase won over the six-woman-strong jury after also winning the state of Schleswig-Holstein nomination at the end of last year. Each of Germany’s 16 states sends one contestant to the Miss Germany finals.
For the first time, the 2020 Miss Germany contest allowed married women and mothers to participate and did not include a bikini contest.
This year’s contest also saw the age limit raised by 10 years to include women up to 39 years old. Participants must be at least 18 years old to take part.