HARARE - Harare has failed to provide the expected number of suitable girls for the Miss Zimbabwe boot camp set to run from April 1 to 25.
The national pageant’s auditions that ran from Friday to Sunday in the capital city had netted only 10 suitable girls by the end of Saturday. Interstingly, Bulawayo delivered 32 girls who met the Miss Zimbabwe requirements in just a single day.
Unlike other areas which were allocated day-long auditions, Harare — the last stop for the Miss Zimbabwe scouting team — got three days but the longer period surprisingly failed to deliver the desired results. On the first day of the auditions in Harare 95 percent of the candidates were turned away.
The national pageant’s communications and programmes manager, Tendai Chirau admitted that they had been surprised by the failure to attract girls who met the pageant’s requirements in Harare.
“We did all the provincial searches and Harare is the last one. I am surprised that Harare has less girls qualifying; I thought more models were based in the capital city,” said Chirau.
“As you have seen for yourself some are still very raw; some we can work with during the boot camp and others are too raw for us to even include them.”
Despite apparent dearth of beautiful girls in Harare, Chirau was nonetheless very impressed by the professional way in which the Miss Zimbabwe auditions were done.
“The way we are conducting business now is different from the way we were doing it last year. As you might have noticed, we are sticking by our schedule. We have not encountered any hurdles that have delayed us,” he told the Daily News.
Reigning Miss Zimbabwe Tendai Hunda was equally baffled by the poor quality of the Miss Zimbabwe hopefuls in Harare.
“I have only managed to do Harare as I was writing my exams during the time the rest of the auditions were being conducted.
‘Things are going according to schedule. However, there seems to be less qualified candidates coming through in Harare,” said Hunda.
“In two days we got about 10 girls, out of about 100 that auditioned. I don’t know what the reason for this could be. Some who came through were either too short or not very articulate in their speech.”
This year’s Miss Zimbabwe auditions were unusually strict. Some aspirants were told outright that they were not good enough for the boot camp and the Miss Zimbabwe finals set for May 2.