32 Bulawayo girls for Miss Zim boot camp

HARARE - Miss Zimbabwe officials have invited 32 girls from Bulawayo to their boot camp scheduled for April this year following an overwhelming response to auditions held in the City of Kings at the weekend.

The 32 invited beauties were part of over 60 who turned up for the auditions in Bulawayo.

In the Midlands, the Miss Zimbabwe scouting mission only identified seven girls who met the requirements.

Tendai Chirau, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust communications and programmes manager, said Bulawayo attracted the highest turnout in the Southern region.

“The challenges that we had in these two Matabeleland provinces were that of cultural connotations imposed on the modelling profession.

“We were saddened by the turnout in Gwanda and Lupane but we managed to get five girls from each town,” she said.

The Miss Zimbabwe Trust is scouting for girls who are 1,71 metres tall, who have never been married and do not have children.

Chirau added that they had put in place the financial resources required to hold a top class pageant.

“We are ready for the costs associated with the scouting.

“All the identified girls will come for the boot camp because we planned and budgeted for the exercise,” she said.

Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson Marry Chiwenga also told the Daily News yesterday that they would invite to the boot camp all suitable girls identified by the scouting team.

“Like we have been emphasising since last year, we are looking for the best.

“If it means over 50 girls will be in camp, then that’s it. We cannot compromise on quality. On the pageant’s WhatsApp group, I have been receiving a lot of inquiries from girls of different races, especially in Harare.

“There are actually white girls who are interested in Miss Zimbabwe,” she said.

“They will be screened in the three-week long boot camp which will leave only the best for the finals.

“Zimbabwe has beautiful girls and I am glad that more people are coming forward this year than last year.

“We are being helped by licence holders in all provinces that we are scouting as they have the best knowledge on the modelling terrain there.

“In Bulawayo, we were helped by Sarah Mpofu,” she said.

Chiwenga added that they were changing things for the better this year but the entry charges to the Miss Zimbabwe finals would remain the same.

Last year’s tickets were going for $300 per head.

“We said last year that we were going commercial and nothing has changed.

“In fact, we have started getting inquiries about the sales and we will let people know when tickets go on sale.

“The prices remain the same, and the judges will still be high profile CEOs, lawyers, ambassadors and others.

“The judges will be announced in the Miss Zimbabwe magazine that will come out towards the finals.”

According to Chiwenga, the Miss Zimbabwe finals will no longer be held in April as it clashes with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) which is set to take place between April 21 and 25.

“Miss Zimbabwe cannot clash with ZITF so the dates will either have to be May or June.

“The dates we gave were just a guideline and we don’t want it to clash with another national event,” she said.

The Miss Zimbabwe auditions will continue in the coming weeks.

Tomorrow, the scouting team will be in Masvingo at the Civic Centre before going to Amber Hotel in Mutare on Thursday.

The Mashonaland East auditions are set for Friday at the Women’s University in Marondera.

The other forthcoming auditions include Chinhoyi University School of Hospitality (February 17), Bindura University Main Campus (February 18) and Chitungwiza (February 19).

The last auditions will be at the Miss Zimbabwe Trust Offices from February 20 to 22.

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