Miss Zim eyes global title

HARARE - Newlly-crowned Miss Zimbabwe, Thabiso Phiri ,22, has begun preparations which she hopes will help her better the fourth position achieved by Angeline Musasiwa at the Miss World Pageant exactly two decades ago.

Phiri, who was crowned Miss Zimbabwe on June 14 this year to bring an end to Bongani Dlakama’s two-year reign as the national beauty queen, believes her success at the world pageant to be held in London this December will hinge on preparations she will make.

“I am still looking at my options,” Thabiso told the Daily News.

“You know the “Beauty with a Purpose” category carries 60 percent of the marks.

“So you can’t just pick on anything as there will be real competition. More than 50 people will be there with brilliant
ideas.”

The Chitungwiza-bred beauty added that she was currently evaluating projects that were presented at last year’s edition of the pageant.

“You can’t pick on just anything you have to present something big. I am really taking my time, not too much though because I need to prepare. I have two projects I am looking at, but I cannot reveal them at the moment.”

The University of Zimbabwe final year law student revealed that she had made several lifestyle changes since she became the national beauty queen.

“I cannot just be found anywhere doing just anything.

“I am focussing on the direction I want to take and what I want to achieve in life,” she said.

“I miss just being carefree. I have to think about what the next person thinks of me.

“I have to think of what Zimbabwe will make of it if I am found in a certain position.

“What picture am I painting about the country, about myself, about brand Miss Zimbabwe? All those things I have to consider before I do anything.”

As part of her strategy to be in the best shape in time for the global beauty contest, Thabiso has hired an experienced personal trainer.

“I have a personal trainer who has worked with a number of former Miss Zimbabwes. At the moment he said we should take it nice and slow so I hit the gym three times a week.

“I am mainly focusing on my lower body and my hip area. My personal trainer says everything else seems okay but I can’t relax. There is still some time before the Miss World so I must continue working.”

According to the University of Zimbabwe law student, water has become a key part of her preparations.

“There is also a lot of water included. I drink about three or four glasses of water before I even brush my teeth when I wake up. I keep on drinking water during the day,” she said.

The national beauty queen was happy to share her beauty routine.

“I do some mini-facials, cleansing, moisturising, and when I am not going anywhere I am bare-faced; no make-up because the skin needs to breathe,” she said.

Though Thabiso won the Miss Interact title at St Dominics Chishawasha way back in 2008, it was only last year that she began a modelling career in earnest.

“I competed for carnival queen 2013 and I was first runner up. People were saying that I have the body and the looks so I just thought that I might as well take it up. I am not with any modelling agency,” said the reigning Miss Zimbabwe who still hasn’t received the Chevrolet Cruze that came with the national beauty crown because she doesn’t have a driver’s licence.

“My mom always used to say that I could do it.

“In primary school I participated in those small modelling competitions but it wasn’t really serious.”

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