Miss Curvy revs up preparations

HARARE - Preparations for this year’s edition of Miss Curvy will get into high gear this Friday when organisers of the pageant hold a fundraising dinner at Elcombe Restaurant in Harare.

The fundraising dinner and a farewell function set for Junction 24 at a date to be announced are the last major preparatory events before the highly anticipated finals of the Miss Curvy beauty competition that will take place on August 9 at Carribea Bay Hotel in Kariba.

Mercy Mushaninga, the pageant’s founder, told the Daily News yesterday that more money is required to finance Miss Curvy’s bid to ascend to the next level.

“We are looking at a budget of about $50 000,” said Mushaninga.

“We are still working on the invites for the dinner. We will accept both money and material donations. We will have 19 girls battling for honours this year. There are 12 girls from Harare, four from Bulawayo, one from Bindura and two from Masvingo.”

In their bid to raise standards to a new level, Mushaninga said her pageant has lined up a boot camp to help the girls become enviable models.

“The boot camp is on August 4, exactly five days before the pageant finals. The girls will camp at a self-catering holiday home. Because of that, the girls will take turns to cook for themselves which will promote good teamwork,” she said.

“During the boot camp, the girls will not be allowed to have their cell phones with them. We will have cameras running for 18 hours and taking away the cell phones is an attempt to guarantee their attention and concentration. It will be like Big Brother.”

Mushaninga added that her pageant is proud to be associated with national efforts to develop Zimbabwe as a tourist destination. This year, we are running under the theme Promoting Domestic Tourism through Beauty Pageants.

“We chose Kariba because we want to promote domestic tourism. Hopefully, Air Zimbabwe will assist us by flying the girls to the resort town since they have resumed flights to Kariba.

“Next year, we will continue with the tourism drive and Miss Curvy will be held in Nyanga.

“We have already started making preparations in that respect. We will be holding a workshop on August 6 in which the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and the ministry of Environment Water and Climate will take part.”

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