Nyashadzamwari Belinta NyamarebvuKelvin Chiringa Cool Writer
Nyashadzamwari Belinta Nyamarebvu (19) from Hatfield in Harare scooped the crown at the Miss World Youth Day Zimbabwe pageant held at St Peter’s High School recently.

Despite it being her first time to ever contest in any modelling competition, the beauty queen made it through the tough contest right up to the finals.

“I cannot believe that I landed at the top especially given the daunting fact that I had never been part of any modelling contest. I feel honoured that I heeded to the advice of my friends who encouraged me to try out the Ms World Youth Day Pageant,” said Nyamarebvu.

The models had been called to prepare for the event at a short notice and this made it hard for them to fully practice their moves and prepare their modelling outfits.

“We were called at short notice and the time to prepare was just so short that I was not really confident of my performance deep inside although I kept my head up,

“Competing with models whose background and experience I did not know was quite daunting and it just made the competition tighter,” she said.

The beauty contest which ran under the theme “Beauty with brains” added colour to the World Youth Day festival which attracted prominent artistes like King Shaddy and poets from the University of Zimbabwe.

The judges were looking at the pageants’ attitude towards their dress and the way they presented themselves in all four categories with the final six being asked impromptu questions to test their confidence.

“The scariest part was the question and answer segment in the final round and the fact that I scooped the crown despite it being my first contest confidently makes me a beauty with brains,” enthused the model.

The tightly contested modelling competition drew 16 models who showcased the African definition of beauty both in cultural enactments and dress.

“Although we could not secure material prizes at this year’s Ms World Youth Day pageant, but the chance we gave our young models was worthwhile given that it boosted their confidence and showcased their potential.

“However we are proud too that the winners have automatically become part of the task force that will be organising next year’s World Youth Day to be held in Poland. On top of that these pageants are now guaranteed to attend any of the youth and vocations which is highly beneficial in safeguarding a solid and guided life career free of charge,” said one of the event organisers.

The first princess crown was taken by Netsai Mutemachani (19) with Nyasha Ngwenya (19) the second princess.

Having a flashback of the stiff nature of the beauty contest it is quite an achievement to be crowned second princess, I am very excited and humbled” reported Mutemachani.

Meanwhile, the next International event will be held in Krakow, Poland next year and will definitely see many teenagers representing the country given the fact that the same event has attracted a lot of young people in the past years.