HARARE - Miss World Zimbabwe says it has moved the boot camp and finals to later dates in order to accommodate students.
The boot camp was supposed to be held today while the finals were scheduled for April 16 at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Course.
Miss World Zimbabwe Trust communications manager Tendai Chirau said the postponement has been necessitated by the desire to widen the scouting pool.
“We are extending scouting dates to the end of March in response to a request by students. There were calls from ‘A’ Level and college students to give them a chance. Schools are closing at the end of March as well.
“The moving of dates won’t change our plans, this is a national pageant and we could not have refused to change the dates. It also does not mean that when you have set dates, they are cast in stone,” he said.
Chirau revealed that 24 girls have so far been selected, including nine from the Diaspora.
“People can speculate however they want but it is not an issue of sponsorship. Sponsors are on board; we just want what is best for the pageant. Remember, we have been emphasising giving new faces a chance,” Chirau said, adding that scouting will continue taking place at the Miss Zimbabwe Trust offices in Harare.
This year has registered a record low number of contestants which some people have attributed to lack of confidence in the pageant which has been rocked by scandals in recent years.
The reigning Miss Zimbabwe is Annie-Grace Mutambu ascended the throne after the initial national queen Emily Tatanga Kachote had been booted out over alleged nude pictures. Mutambu, 19, represented Zimbabwe at the Miss World 2015 held on December 19 at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China.
Miss World Zimbabwe 2016 will run under the theme, “Celebrating the Life of our Icon, Kiki Divaris” in honour of the late founder and patron of the pageant who died early this year.