Ex-Miss Zim shines in Germany

HARARE - Former Miss Zimbabwe Tendai Hunda has made a strong start in the preliminary stages of the Miss Intercontinental pageant taking place in Magdeburg, East Germany.

At the time of going to print yesterday, Hunda was on position six out of 63 models after landing an impressive haul of 2278 votes making her a serious contender to land the ultimate prize at the Miss Intercontinental pageant finale scheduled for December 18.

In the current top 10, Hunda is joined by models from Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Portugal, Lebanon, Korea and Greece.

Hunda told the Daily News that she owes her competitive showing to the support she is getting through an online voting platform.

“I am doing my best and doing quite well on the voting platform. People have been supporting me through their many votes.

“I am excited about this; it is a second chance for me. Given the controversy that took place last year, it’s an opportunity for me to correct the wrong perceptions people have of me. I am also hoping to bring the title home,” she said.

Hunda was the third Miss Zimbabwe in 2014, after the first one, Thabiso Phiri was dethroned over nude pictures while her immediate predecessor Catherine Makaya was booted out by the Miss Zimbabwe Trust for  “being difficult to work with”.

Due to the chaotic scenes at Miss Zimbabwe, Hunda had less than a month to prepare for the Miss World finals and was even late for the boot camp.

The internationally-recognised Miss Intercontinental Pageant will be turning 44 this year.

It began in 1971 as a tourism event on the island of Aruba.

It began as a teen pageant before transforming into an annual event after it attracted strong television ratings following its debut in Oranjestad, Aruba.

By the end of the 1970s, the pageant began to be hosted by many other exotic places.

Some past Miss Intercontinental Pageant host countries include Colombia, Germany, China, Seychelles, Belarus and the Bahamas.

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