The 20-year-old Kira Geiss from Magdeburg was awarded the title "Miss Germany" on Saturday evening (March 4). In the final, she prevailed against nine other candidates who had been selected from 15,000 applicants prior to the event at Europa-Park Rust. Instead of a crown, she received the title "Female Leader Award" and prize money of 25,000 euros - and the obligatory Miss Germany sash.
"The election for Miss Germany has grown and has developed from a talent competition into a female empowerment platform for the voices of the present," says the event's official website. Consequently, Geiss was honored for her commitment to youth work. This year's jury included Bruce Darnell (65), Ruth Moschner (46), Nicolas Puschmann (31) and Monica Meier Ivancan (45), and Frauke Ludowig (59) and her daughter Nele led through the evening.
"It's incredibly important to me to do good to my fellow human beings and to integrate positivity and forbearance into my everyday life," the 20-year-old is quoted as saying. "Last year I therefore helped found a youth community here in Magdeburg, which is committed to promoting young people on a social, creative and musical level." After the triumph, she wants to use the attention she has gained to set up a Germany-wide youth platform.
Kira Geiss follows Domitila Barros (38) from Berlin. The social entrepreneur and actress, who grew up in a slum in Brazil, won over the jury with her parents' street children's project, in which she is actively involved.
This year, Saskia von Bargen (19) was the first trans woman to take part in the final of a Miss Germany election. She sees it as her mission to educate people about gender reassignment surgery and wanting it.