Miss Tourism enriched by contest

HARARE - Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Ashley Morgen says participating at Miss Tourism International (MTI) showed her that dreams are attainable.

Morgen, 21, returned from Malaysia last week where she came out in the top 10 at the international pageant.

“The greatest lesson from the participation at MTI was that anything is possible even for the Zimbabwean girl child. So often we are discouraged and discriminated but that should not stop us from dreaming and chasing our dreams. Giving up should not be an option.”

Morgen had less than two weeks to prepare for the international pageant where she competed against 59 other girls.

“I believe no one ever says I am ready. It always feels like there is more one can do and that goes for me as well.

“However, with the little preparation time we had as a team, I believe we managed to put in all we could which took us somewhere.

“I made new friends who I hope to reconnect with soon, visit their countries and invite them to Zimbabwe as well so as to share each other’s heritage and wonders.”

She added that she will use the opportunity to market Zimbabwe.

“MTI is about bringing the world together to create friendships and share different cultures. From those friendships created, it is then up to one to build on it and secure the networks. I hope this will benefit me as an individual and our country, especially in marketing our tourism to the 59 countries I mingled with,” said Morgen.

She is a final year student at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust).

“Marketing and beauty are two things I am passionate about. With planning and a schedule, it should not be hard. I have great teams on both ends that help me. I also have the support of my friends and family. I trust it will be well.”

Morgan won prize money of $20 000 sponsored by First Lady

Grace Mugabe. Her princesses Nonhlanhla Dube won $10 000 and second princess Shirley-Ann Lindsay got $50 00.

Miss Tourism Zimbabwe organisers said they expect to hold the prize-giving ceremony tomorrow.

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