Ex-Miss Zim keeps low profile

HARARE - Former Miss Zimbabwe Annie-Grace Mutambu has largely kept a low profile ever since her reign as the national queen was surprisingly ended by the national pageant organisers.

After the Miss Zimbabwe 2016 pageant was called off, beauty industry stakeholders expected Mutambu to be allowed to continue until next year but the Marry Chiwenga-led Miss Zimbabwe Trust had decided otherwise.

The Miss World Zimbabwe 2015 title holder told the Daily News on Sunday that the national pageant organisers have still not communicated to her officially about the status of her reign.

“I don’t know if my reign really ended. But I read that’s what they have been saying in newspapers,” Mutambu said.

Despite the radio silence from the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, the 20-year-old  beauty said she won’t contact them seeking clarification.

“I am concentrating mostly on school. I am in my first year of accounting as I had stopped during the reign because I was needed at the office every day.

“I do fashion shows when I come across them. In September, I participated in one titled “The Runway Fashion” which took place at The Venue in Avondale. If any good opportunity comes, I will take it up,” she said.

Mutambu has also landed a few opportunities in South Africa.

“I travel to South Africa for photo shoots with Tendai Diza of Ba.Maka Photography. He saw pictures I was posting of myself and approached me on Facebook.

“Our first photo shoot was in Harare, and then others were in South Africa. I love the South African shoots as they have beautiful places for photography,” said the former Miss Zimbabwe queen.

Though her Miss Zimbabwe reign ended on an inauspicious note, Mutambu relished being the national queen.

“You get people approaching you for jobs and business opportunities which is great. You do not struggle a lot. On the negative side, you are prone to trolls and a lot of criticism,” she said, adding that she quickly learnt the value of maintaining a high level of discipline.

“My advice to the next queen is: keep a low profile. When you get such a title you create many enemies. There will be so many people out to get you and any little mistake you make will cost you. So keep out of trouble and keep your private life private,” said the ex-national beauty queen whose Beauty with a Purpose Project  made it into the top 10 at the Miss World in 2015 which was held in China .

Mutambu, who worked with the Albino Charity Organisation of Zimbabwe during her reign as Miss Zimbabwe, attracted national sympathy when she was attacked a few days into her reign by robbers who got away with a cellphone and a laptop.

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