Miss World Zim dates to move again?

HARARE - The dates for the Miss World Zimbabwe beauty pageant are likely to be moved again, to pave way for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

The ZITF dates were moved last week. Initially, Miss World Zimbabwe had been slated for April 26, but the organisers were forced to mote it to May 2 as they did not want the event to clash with the ZITF whose dates were moved from April 21-25 to April 28-May 2.

Tendai Chirau, Miss World Zimbabwe’s communications and programmes manager,  said they would hold meetings today in order to map the way forward.

“The 91 girls are still getting into boot camp on April 2, nothing has changed on that,” he said.

“But we are holding a meeting tomorrow (today) to see how we can handle this situation. We want to use the ZBC OB (outside broadcast) Van as well for the rehearsals and on the day, the ZITF will be using it.

“So if they are not going to be using it on the first of May, we can still go ahead and hold the pageant. What happens with the OB Van is you need time to set up and test everything, which is usually done a day before.

“And also like we indicated before, the ZITF is big on the business calendar, so our various stakeholders will be there as well. Some of the business people would want to be at the national finals and the two are national events so they should not clash.”

If the dates are moved, that means the reigning queen’s time for preparation for the Miss World Finals will be cut short.

So far, about 24 countries have selected their queens. Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Seychelles, United States, Bahamas are yet to hold their national pageants.

It is highly likely that this year’s edition of Miss World will not have a swimsuit edition, as the funder Julia Morley indicated in an interview with Elle magazine last year that they want to scratch it.

“I really... don’t need to see women just walking up and down in bikinis,” Morley was quoted.

“It doesn’t do anything for the woman. And it doesn’t do anything for any of us. I don’t care if someone has a bottom two inches bigger than someone else’s. We are really not looking at her bottom. We are really listening to her speak.”

Mary Chiwenga, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson, said she was not aware of this development.

“We have not heard official communication from the Miss World organisers regarding the swimsuit edition,” Chiwenga said.

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