Well done for Miss Zimbabwe but ....

HARARE - Saturday’s Miss Zimbabwe beauty pageant was by far the most innovative and impressive beauty showcase in Zimbabwe’s recent history, even though there is a glaring need to de-militarise the contest.

Even the $300 admission fee could not dampen the spirits of the well-heeled who wanted to witness the crowning of a new Miss Zimbabwe, the vivacious Thabiso Phiri.

Mabvazuva Village, the venue of the pageant, was packed to capacity with the cheering of the apparently tipsy, huge crowd echoing beyond.

It was highly appropriate that such an imaginative event should have been organised in honour of this great nation, given the theme of our heritage, and where we are coming from as a nation.

In all its striking beauty and gilded decoration, the magnificent pageant evoked that very sense of Zimbabwean pride.

It was equally suitable that the pageant would end with the crowning of the smashing Phiri. And the phenomenal success of the event is not just a reflection of our deep affection for beauty, but also a demonstration of how brilliant we still are in Zimbabwe at putting on a show.

Despite the economic decline, nowhere and no one in the world can do pomp and splendour with the same precise magnificence that we can.

No words of praise are too high for the pageant organiser Mary Chiwenga who spent the past year putting the whole event together. That it passed off in such glorious fashion even amid such hardships is a tribute to her vision.

So we can take great pride, not just in the superb organisation of the pageant but also in the huge numbers that turned out to watch, showing those Zimbabwean virtues of cheerfulness, and patriotism.

But there was a downside — the heavy involvement of the military in the pageant.

The army dabbled in the beauty pageant for unknown reasons. Whether it was aimed at showing the army’s human face, or, it’s support for pretty faces, no one really knows, but this is unprecedented anywhere in the world.

The Miss Zimbabwe winner got full honours, with the Presidential Guard escorting her for crowning.

While we have no objection to the presence of the Presidential Guard in full attire complete with swords to give a stately feel to the finale, we take great exception to asking models about military tactics during question and answer sessions.

The Zimbabwe army’s attempt to get involved in beauty pageants raises eyebrows, except if it is aimed at boosting its prestige.

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repairs - 17 June 2014

No words of praise are too high for the pageant organiser Mary Chiwenga who spent the past year putting the whole event together.

jane - 17 June 2014

mARY cHIWENGA? aNY RELATION TO THE GENERAL?

Codza - 17 June 2014

Yes, she actually did MARRY Chiwenga

L Deety - 20 June 2014

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