Zim shines in UK pageant

HARARE - Zimbabwean beauties Melisa Mnyulwa and Jacqualine Moyo, both 21, raised the Zimbabwean flag high by winning the first princess and second princess positions during the Miss Diversity pageant held in Birmingham, United Kingdom last Saturday.

United Kingdom-born Sasha Lyttle was the winner of the second edition of the pageant founded by Bulawayo-born Musa James and Nollywood actress Samantha Ncube two years ago.

The inaugural edition of the pageant, which aims to bring together beautiful women from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, was won by South African Ntombi Shibambo with Zimbabweans Mitchell Ncube and Cecelia Kupera coming second and third respectively.

The winner of this year’s pageant will compete for the Miss United Nations World title next year and the Miss Diversity International title in New Zealand later this year.

James, one of the organisers of the pageant based in Birmingham, told the Daily News that the 2014 edition of Miss Diversity surpassed the first one.

“The hotly-contested beauty pageant finals at the famous Crown Banqueting in Birmingham was of very high standard in terms of the judging and organisation,” Musa said.

Musa hailed the support the Miss Diversity Pageant attracted from the Zimbabwean community.

“Our sponsors were Reminisce Msgs and MissChii Lingerie, both owned by Zimbabweans. It is very encouraging to see corporates owned by Zimbabweans rallying behind initiatives created by their compatriots,” she said.

“We also had a very competent Zimbabwean Mary Pfende Brooks in the highly-qualified adjudication panel that also included Duncan Brown and EastAfrican Voice’s Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade.”

James and Ncube, who are very happy with the achievements they have made in the United Kingdom, have decided to bring the Miss Diversity beauty pageant to their hometown Bulawayo next year.

“Miss Diversity Beauty Pageant is growing big and better. There will be Miss Diversity Zimbabwe on April 25 in Bulawayo next year. We are already in the process of looking for sponsors, volunteers and models. We wish to take Miss Diversity to all corners of the world,” said James.

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