It was a meeting of Zimbabwe’s richest and fashion conscious at the Miss Global Zimbabwe held on the evening of Friday 5 July at the Crown Plaza Monomutapa Hotel in Harare.
The event saw 15 beautiful ladies competing for an opportunity to represent Zimbabwe at the Miss Global in Jamaica and Miss International in Japan later on in the year. Nyasha Mutsauri walked away with the coveted crown, $15000 business funding prize from the Zimbabwe Youth Council and a chance to represent the nation in Jamaica, while Michelle Munyanduki, a first year law student at the University of Namibia scooped the Miss International Zimbabwe title and will be Zimbabwe’s representative in Japan and the 14 year old Lyshanda Moyas who was the youngest contestant in the competition was crowned 2nd princess.
Miss Global Botswana, Miss Global South Africa and her two princesses also graced the show and expressed their joy in being part of the event and wished the girls all the best. Miss South Africa, Pearl said Zimbabwe was one of the best places she has ever visited and looks forward to going to Jamaica with Miss Global Zimbabwe. Miss Global Botswana was also part of the judging panel at the events talent show held on Wednesday the 3rd of July.
The 15 contestants were challenged to come up with projects that would better uplift their communities or peers and the girls did not disappoint, from projects that ranged from providing sanitary pads in rural schools to advocating and teaching youths about the constitution and voter registration, they showed intelligence and generous hearts.
“In a constitutional democracy, how else can we speak, be heard and be felt.” Echoed Michell the law student who won the Miss International Zimbabwe title when asked about why she felt it was important for youths to participate in voter registration and the upcoming elections.
“It is fantastic that the pageant is encouraging social development by challenging the girls to pick projects that have a bearing on social issues.” Shingirai MauMau said.
With tickets going for $25 and $50 it is no surprise that Crown Plaza was a play ground for the rich and famous on the night, local celebrities and business people came dressed to kill for the red carpet. The Zim Diamond spotted Genius Kadungure, the flamboyant young businessman and owner of Pioneer Gases, Acie Lumumba ZANU PF candidate for Hatfield constituency, Mr. Ngwenya businessman and owner of Gold Tech, musician Shingi MauMau.
Entertainment was provided by Richie Orange who is making a mark of his own in the music circles and Karma a young R ‘n’ B artiste and the biggest surprise on the night was the performance by Best Masinire, a young journalist who writes occasionally for The Southern Times, who showed he is a force to reckon with when he sang his heart out together with a well put live band.
The event was sponsored by Stephen Margolis Resort, African fried Restaurant, Astra Paints, Gtel and Gold Tech who all stated their delight in being part of such a noble initiative and pledged their continued support.
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