Maseray Swarray, an American-born Sierra Leonean beauty, was crowned as the new Miss International Sierra Leone. She will soon fly to Japan for the Miss International 2016 finals which is scheduled on October 27, 2016.

Maseray calls Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States as her home but she was born to Sierra Leonean parents. Her participation at Miss International 2016 marks the debut of her country at the pageant.

Miss International has been accused of racism. READ OPINION :: Miss International and Africa  But the 2nd runner-up finish of Kenya’s Eunice Onyango last year encouraged many sub-Saharan African nations to participated this year. READ OPINION :: Eunice Onyango changed Miss International forever