Model targets Miss Heritage crown

HARARE - Zinhle Dube, Zimbabwe’s representative at this year’s Miss Heritage, believes she has what it takes to bring back lustre to the pageant which was mired in controversy last year.

Though the 22-year-old model did not take part in the shambolic edition that almost failed to take place in Harare in December last year, Dube  is confident that she will win this year’s edition set for Nepal in August.

The Bulawayo-born beauty, who is based in South Africa, told the Daily News on Sunday that she is well placed to celebrate her decade-long career in modelling with a flourish.

“I started modelling when I was 12 years old I participated at a school pageant and became Miss Patse and from then onwards I started competing in many school pageants,” said Dube who is studying law in South Africa.

“I was nicknamed Naomi Campbell when I was growing up and people around me including my mom always pushed me to do modelling and I loved it.”

Dube is determined to land the Miss Heritage crown which she believes will put her in a good position to follow in the footsteps of her role models.

“My favourite models are Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and Joan Small. They inspire me because they have worked for big brands; they are hardworking and passionate about modelling.”

The beautiful model, whose favourite designers are Stoned Cherrie and Emmauel Nkole, says she has the requisite attitude not only to win the forthcoming Miss Heritage pageant but also to go far in life.

“It is about your attitude. If you walk like a million bucks, you’ll look like a million bucks — simple as that. Get rid of any items in your closet that undermine your confidence,” said the ambitious model.

“Intelligence distinguishes a good model from a bad one. It is all about manners and the way you handle yourself out there.”
She describes herself as a go-getter.

“I am a focused and reserved person and am confident in my ability to produce the results. While I prepare for the worst, which will always come up from time to time, I do whatever is necessary to tilt the odds in my favour.

“I am modest, hardworking and always eager to learn, I set firm goals for myself and once I have defined benchmarks, I then take necessary steps to achieve these targets.”

Dube, who does fashion shows for Fumu and for top designers like Emmanuel Nkole and Chong Leng, is grateful fall all people who voted for her online to make her Zimbabwe’s representative in the Miss Heritage pageant.

“I would like to thank everyone who is supporting me on my journey and all those who voted for me on the Miss Heritage International. I am looking forward to the competition. I am going to raise the Zimbabwean flag high,” she said.

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