Miss Carnival shines in Malaysia

HARARE - Reigning Miss Carnival Dananai Chipunza raised Zimbabwe’s flag high during the just-ended Miss Tourism International held in Malaysia.

The dazzling Chipunza, who was battling for the coveted crown against 60 other contestants in Putrajaya just outside Kuala Lumpur on New Year’s Eve, earned a place in the top 10.

The inaugural Miss Carnival winner said she intensely prepared herself for the pageant so as to enhance her chances of bringing the crown home.

“Since this was a tourism pageant I prepared myself by making sure that I knew all about Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions to be able to sell Zimbabwe not only as a destination but to showcase how we are, undoubtedly, one of the best countries in southern Africa,” said Chipunza.

She noted that her desire was to be able to be a great speaker and also a distinguished ambassador for the nation.

Although she could not bring the crown home, Chipunza expressed satisfaction on what she learnt in Malaysia.

“My aim was obviously to bring back the crown. But I am content with being in the top 10 because there was very stiff competition and I was the second African to be in the top 10 in the history of the pageant,” she said proudly.

“I was also able to scoop the third runner-up for talent award after reciting a presentation on black African activists which was Mandela-inspired.

“The top award for me was being made brand ambassador for the Asia metropolitan university for Africa,” added Chipunza.

Angeli Dione Gomez from the Phillipines was crowned 2013 Miss Tourism International while first runner-up honours went to Miss Thailand Sunidporn Srisuwan.

Miss Australia Sarah Czarnuch was second runner-up; Miss Dominican Republic Michelle Alexis Torres, third runner-up; and Miss Malaysia Thaarah Ganesan, fourth runner-up.

Since its inauguration in 1994, the prestigious pageant has seen the participation of more than 500 Miss Tourism delegates from around the world.

The vivacious Chipunza, who was accompanied by some officials from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, said the pageant connected her to different cultures “and allowed me to bring a little of my own to teach and tell others”.

“It has been a huge learning platform and I will take back and treasure the lessons I learnt here.

“Many meaningful friendships were also made during my stay in Malaysia and I cannot wait to host some of the ladies in Zimbabwe,” she said.

The prestigious tourism event was attended by more than 1 000 people including VIPs, celebrities and local and international media.

“I would like to thank everyone for the support and prayers rendered. I did not go to this pageant as Dananai but as a Zimbabwe representative this was for all of us and I am glad I represented us very well and put our country on the map,” said Chipunza.

Comments (4)

Well done Chipunza

gwenhamo-mutamburi - 6 January 2014


Real - 7 January 2014

well done Carnival Queen

evelyn kabasa - 9 January 2014

Miss Chipunza is one of the most beautiful queens of the world. Congratulations Zimbabwe.

MANNY RAM - 16 June 2015

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