Ex-Miss Zim stars at Miss Intercontinental

HARARE - Ex-Miss Zimbabwe Tendai Hunda came fifth in addition to winning the African title at the Miss Intercontinental 2015 pageant finals held in Magdeburg, Germany last Friday.

Russia’s Valentina Rasulova landed the Miss Intercontinental 2015 title with Christi Lynn McGarry from the Philippines getting the first runner-up position in a competition that featured 63 girls from all over the world.

The rest of the top five included United States of America’s Brianne Bailey (second runner-up), Venezuela’s Katherine Garcia (third runner-up) and Zimbabwe’s Tendai Bongani Hunda (fourth runner-up).

Speaking to a television reporter in Germany, before the finals, Hunda said she deserved the crown because of her humility and the help she gives to the less fortunate.

“In a world where there are seasons and times, I believe this is my season and Miss Intercontinental is someone who is supposed to be humble and philanthropic at heart and that is what I am in nature. So this is my opportunity to share love,” she said.

Efforts to get a comment from Hunda on her exploits in Germany proved fruitless yesterday but in an earlier with the Daily News, Hunda said she was determined to use the Miss Intercontinental 2015 pageant as a platform to banish the controversy that dogged her reign as Miss Zimbabwe.

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

Hunda was the third Miss Zimbabwe in 2014, after the first one, Thabiso Phiri was dethroned over a nude pictures scandal while Hunda’s 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 to many other exotic places.

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

Comments (1)

This is a terribly written report, it does not seem like it was edited at all. What is happening to the reporting standards in Zimbabwe? The English in this piece is horrible.

Jimmy Dhludhlu - 21 December 2015

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