Miss Zim Trust promises better

Mrs Marry Chiwenga

Mrs Marry Chiwenga

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AFTER a disastrous 2014 campaign, which saw Zimbabwe crowning a record three different queens for the Miss Zimbabwe title – Miss Zimbabwe Trust boss Mrs Marry Chiwenga and her team seem to be eager to right last year’s wrongs.

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This Wednesday, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust launches its 2015 campaign in Matabeleland North and will be on the road until the 22nd of this month.

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The trust will be scouting for models from all the country’s 10 provinces as they seek to broaden their net, which also involves Zimbabweans living in the diaspora.

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Tendai Chirau, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust programmes and communications manager, said last year they had limited time to properly organise everything and are doing things differently this year.

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“We are involving everyone in this, going around the country to scout for real models that will represent this country well.

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“Last year we did promise a better event and this is what we are doing now,” said Chirau.

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He said no provincial competitions would be held, but suitable models would be chosen by the trust’s scouts.

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“We are going to the provinces just to scout for the ideal models, those that are eligible to compete according to our template,” said Chirau.

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The trust’s spokesperson said the ideal model would have to be 1,71 metres tall, slim (no size given), never been married, with no children and being between the ages of 18 and 26.

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He said models in the diaspora who would want to be part of the competition have to fill out online forms and send their pictures; however, they would have to foot their own bills to be part of the competition.

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After kicking off the search in Matabeleland North this Wednesday, the campaign will go to Matabeleland South the following day, Bulawayo on February 6 and 7, Midlands on the 8th, Masvingo on the 11th, Manicaland on the 12th, Mashonaland East on the 13th, Mashonaland West on the 17th, Mashonaland Central on the 18th, Chitungwiza on the 19th and Harare on 20, 21 and 22.

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The finals for this year’s rebranded Miss Zimbabwe, now called the Miss World Zimbabwe, will run under the theme “Probity”.

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The dictionary meaning for probity is: “the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency.”

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Chirau said they had used the simple word as it carries a deep meaning and describes what they expect from those aspiring to represent Zimbabwe.

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According to Chirau, the Miss Zimbabwe delegates, those who will have been drawn from the provinces, can be as many as possible as long as they all meet the standard.

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“We have no limit as to how many girls we will get from the provinces. We will get as many as we can, but they will then be put to test once they get into boot camp,” said Chirau.

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The selected models will get into the boot camp on April 1. “Just over 20 models will remain for the actual finals and it is that competition that will be tough because this will be the crème de la crème in terms of physical appearance, intellect, etcetera.”

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The finals take place on April 25 at the Mermaid Pools in Shamva where the trust is promising an even glitzier event than the one held at Mabvazuva Village (formerly Coronation Park).

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“We are taking this competition a step further and there will be even more glitz and glamour this year.

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“The show will be tighter, more improved and bigger than the show we put up last year,” said Chirau.

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Last year, Zimbabwe dethroned two beauty queens, Thabiso Phiri (the original Miss Zimbabwe) and Catherine Makaya (her replacement), before finally settling for Tendai Hunda whose participation at the Miss World held in London proved to be nothing more than an all expenses paid holiday.