An inmate at the Eldoret Main Prison, Ms Victoria Letting, 26, who is facing murder charges, is the winner of the 2017/2018 beauty pageant.
Mr Anderson Oronche, 29, emerged the winner in the men’s category after a tight competition. He is serving a four-year sentence for manslaughter.
Thirty inmates participated in beauty contest held at the prison grounds on Tuesday.
The Mr/Miss Eldoret Main Prison event, which was organised in collaboration with Vera Beauty College, targets talent search and building relationships among inmates.
Fifteen males and 15 females competed in the categories of casual, official and creative wear.
Mr Stephen Kabiru, the officer in charge of the prison, said the event organised annually aims at discouraging idleness and also relieving boredom among the 1,800 inmates.
“I hail the organisers for supporting the prisons department in the efforts to rehabilitate and reform offenders through such events,” said Kabiru.
He said the event helps in minimising fights and wrangles, build self-esteem for the inmates and make prison life worth living.
“The inmates come from diverse backgrounds. For them to live in harmony, we need to organise such events to bring them together,” he explained.
The competition also promotes creativity to enable inmates who complete their sentences to engage in worthwhile activities outside prison.
Everline Nduku, the Vera Beauty College Eldoret Branch Manager, said this is the fifth year they are supporting the event.
“We will continue to support the initiative for it is a motivation to the inmates,” she said.
Other than talent show the inmates are also equipped with carpentry, building and construction among other artistic skills.
Every year during agricultural shows, the Prisons Stand attracts many show goers who admire their products that have been skillfully produced.