Miss Zim 2013 doubtful

HARARE - The country’s biggest beauty pageant, Miss Zimbabwe 2013 might for the first time not happen as indications on the ground show that preparations are way off the mark.

Miss Zimbabwe Trust, the custodian of the pageantry have poured cold water on the beauty showcase saying they were not sure if the gala would take place.

Kiki Divaris, patron of Miss Zimbabwe Trust said: “If I am going to tell you something, it has to be positive but right now I do not have anything to say.”

Divaris alleged that there were too many scandals surrounding last year’s pageant that she did not want to talk about it. All she wanted was to thank those who stood by the pageantry.

“You cannot be a success in what you do without the help of other people and I appreciate those who helped us,” she said.

Normally around this time the provincial finals would have been held, with models waiting for the national finals.

Neighbouring South Africa has already done its provincial selections and the girls are currently in camp.

The delay in holding finals in Zimbabwe will suffocate any meaningful preparations for the 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on September 14, 2013 in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia.

With little time and almost no sponsorship, it is not clear if the pageant will be held successfully or not.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, ZTA which had been entrusted with running the national beauty showcase, handed it back to Miss Zimbabwe Trust last year.

Divaris and her team however, failed to mobilise enough resources to pull through the various requisite stages of the contest, from boot camp to grooming.

Deadlines were missed and there was doubt that provincial competitions and even the final would take place.

The glitz and glamour was lost as Miss Zimbabwe Trust failed to secure the much-need $500 000 for the proposed budget. The pageant’s date had to be changed three times as funds were not enough and the girls had a not-so-pleasant boot-camp experience.

While past winners of the competition walked away with new cars, it was different last year as organisers could only afford cash prizes.

Even after winning the title, it took time for Bongani Dlakama to get her cash prizes, forcing her to use her own funds to finance the trip the world finals.

Since her reign as Miss Zimbabwe, Dlakama has not been visible and has dismally failed to execute her duties as the country’s beauty ambassador.

We have not heard about any projects she has been involved in; we have not seen her visiting orphanages and the homeless.

Her predecessor Malaika Mashandu was everywhere; at children’s homes; fashion shows and graced several adverts by big corporates.

Comments (1)

Zim is a disgrace. Nothoing ever happens according to plan. Its really sad.

london - 7 November 2012

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