Nora Emilie Nakken succeeds Sunniva Frigstad as Miss Universe Noway after the finals, held on August 14, 2021 at the Åpen Scene in Oslo, Norway. The 23 year-old beauty queen beaten 15 other beautiful queens to win the crown. According the organization, “ It was very close in score among the finalists where Nora from Trondheim pulled the longest straw. This after very exciting minutes with the jury working overtime.” She earned the opportunity to represent Norway at Miss Universe 2021, to be held coming december in Eilat, Israel.
Hailing from Trondheim Fjord, she is a mental health advocate, model and beauty queen. After graduating from Charlottenlund Videregående Skole in Trondheim, she studied marketing management at Handelshøyskolen BI in Trondheim from 2017 to 2020. On a daily basis, she studies entrepreneurship and media studies to acquire extra professional competence. In addition to having completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing management with a specialization in business development. Nora loves and involves people in positive marketing activities.
After winning the national title, the diva also took to her social media to express her feelings.
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Nora uses the voice that the Miss Norway title gives in the fight to remove taboos about mental health and mental problems. In a recent interview she shared, “For me, the biggest difference between modeling and beauty pageants is the opportunity to raise your voice and speak about topics that is important for you. I believe everyone has that one thing that really means a lot for them and things they want to do to make the society a better place. The opportunity you get through pageantry is so meaningful and a big opportunity to speak about your advocacy. As Miss Universe Norway 2021, my focus will be to destigmatize mental health issues and highlight the importance of being open about personal struggles.”
Nora is definitely not a newbie to pageantry. She started her journey as finalist at Miss Norway 2016. She represented Norway at Miss Earth 2020 but was unplaced.
The 2021 Miss Universe Norway’s court includes:
First runner-up – Angelika Catharina D. Kristiansen
Second runner-up – Amine Storrød
Third runner-up – Julie Dahlen Børresen
Fourth runner-up – Stephany Gabriela Crespo La Rosa