Miss Zim still grounded

HARARE - Despite the fact that the Miss World Pageant began five days ago, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust insisted yesterday that national beauty queen Tendai Hunda will fly to London for the global beauty competition as soon as she secures a visa.

Hunda — the third Miss Zimbabwe to be crowned within the last five months-was handed the national beauty title just four days before the Miss World boot camp, making it impossible for her to travel in time for the international pageant.

Miss Zimbabwe Trust administrator, Modesta Muvhuni, said yesterday Hunda’s participation at the global pageant was still on the cards.

“We are still waiting; we applied for it last week. We have not been given a date yet but she will still go. It doesn’t matter that the other girls have started already,” she said.

So far the Miss World contestants have already done talent auditions, sports eliminations and various other scheduled activities.

Hunda is also missing out on the voting by the general public particularly the People’s Choice Award in which the general public votes.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is announced during the latter stages of the Miss World Final, and the winner, if she is not already selected, will join the final few contestants on stage.

Judges at Miss World use the various activities to decide the girls who make it into the top eight and as such Hunda is already at a huge disadvantage even before she possibly flies to London to take part in the global pageant.

Many people are questioning the wisdom of sending Hunda to a Miss World competition that is already underway.

“This is a bad joke. Why is she going? The error-prone Trust wants to make a fool of her and the nation. It is already too late for her to go, unless they just want her to go on holiday,” said a well-placed stakeholder in the modelling world who requested anonymity.

The Miss Zimbabwe Trust, which claims to have used half a million dollars on the 2014 edition of the local pageant, appears to have invested money in vain.

When Marry Chiwenga took over as chairperson of Miss Zimbabwe Trust last year, she boldly promised to usher in a new era of professionalism but, a year on, her legacy has been tainted by the chaos that has hit the local pageant.

The Miss Zimbabwe project has been a hive of confusion since Thabiso Phiri stepped down as Miss Zimbabwe in August following an alleged nude pictures scandal.

Phiri was then replaced by Catherine Makaya who was recently forced to make way for Hunda.

Comments (2)

mary mubaiwa used to contest the miss zimbabwe pagent a lot of times back in the day , i always used to wonder why as she is not BEAUTIFUL at all not even one inch

Harare - 25 November 2014

I stand to be corrected. When you talk of Miss zimbabwe its something that requires involvement of general popultation, and open to whole lot of stake holders irrespective of religion, racial or political affiliation. Mai general hijacked this project and turned it into a private affair, if I am not mistaken she invited about 100 people for 2014 event. She said she dont want "no name people" to attend. When you behave like that, in life people will sit back and watch and say that is your thing. Mai general closed the doors for coporate world and potential sponsors. Wish you all the best miss zimbabwe if you made it to london.

X-MAN IV - 26 November 2014

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