Miss Global calls for govt support

HARARE – Organisers of the Miss Global Zimbabwe pageant set for Crowne Plaza on Friday say the contribution of the modelling industry to Zimbabwe’s tourism justifies calls for government support for the sector.

Tare Munzara, Miss Global Zimbabwe’s public relations officer, revealed the growing disenchantment within the modelling sector due to lack of government and corporate support during a tour of Stephen Margolis Resort on Tuesday by Miss Global Zimbabwe models.

“Modelling in Zimbabwe is not being taken seriously compared to other countries like South Africa despite the fact that it boosts tourism and helps to create a good image for the country,” said Munzara.

“Miss Global Zimbabwe believes that the modelling industry should engage government so that it gets fully involved in the sector.”

Munzara, however, wants to see proper systems being put in place to ensure the sector’s business is conducted in a regulated manner.

“We deserve legislation dedicated to the modelling industry; we need our own modelling council and well-trained judges. Lack of policing is fuelling the rise of unscrupulous modelling agencies and violation of models’ rights. We have also seen the mushrooming of unskilled judges assigned to judge even big beauty contest events,” he added.

Miss Global Zimbabwe is an annual pageant which began in August 2012 when Mutsa Mutare was crowned the winner. Reigning Miss Bulawayo Zimbabwe Melisa Chaka walked away with the Miss Heritage title.

After winning the title, Mutsa went on to represent the country in Jamaica for the world finals where she made it into top 15 out of 50 countries that took part, while Chaka went to South Africa for the Miss Heritage pageant.

The pageant is run by Miss Global Zimbabwe organisation under licence from Miss Global International based in Jamaica and it is aimed at liberating and empowering the girl child.

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