Miss Carnival eyes global title

HARARE - Miss Carnival 2014 Gamuchirai Kujeke is confident she will not return empty handed from the Miss Tourism International pageant to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malasyia on New Year’s Eve.

Kujeke, who will depart for the world pageant tomorrow, says she has what it takes to at least grab a single title at the beauty competition.

“There are 19 titles on offer at Miss Tourism International and I am hoping to land a few there,” Kujeke told the Daily News yesterday.

“For the past few months, I have been going through all the necessary steps of preparedness. I went through grooming, make-up routines and tips on how to interact with different people.”

The 18-year-old beauty, however, conceded that she faced several challenges when she began her reign as Miss Carnival.

“When I was crowned, in the first days there was resistance from companies and individuals. I noticed that it was because they did not know anything or much about the pageant and also because people associate pageants with bad things,” said Kujeke.

“As time went on because I explained to them what I do, they became more appreciative. Most people don’t even understand this pageant thing. I am a tourism ambassador and I am supposed to be working hand in hand with people in the tourism sector.”

Apart from the tourism portfolio, the project close to Miss Carnival’s heart is her campaign against early child marriages.

“The project is still in its infancy. I am dealing with people in marginalised areas who unfortunately do not have full access to the platforms that we use on our campaigns. But I have worked with a family of orphans in Norton and we actually have a case that was taken to court over child sexual abuse,” she said.

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