Miss Zim Trust brings back re­gional pageants

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Miss Zim­babwe Trust will from next year bring back re­gional pageants as a way to in­volve Zim­bab­weans and im­prove the qual­ity of the flag­ship con­test and its par­tic­i­pants.

In a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day, the Trust said it was in the process of li­cens­ing mod­el­ling agen­cies who will be tasked with hold­ing pre­lim­i­nary com­pe­ti­tions.

This year, the Miss Zim Trust can­celled the na­tional pageant al­to­gether say­ing there were no beau­ti­ful girls fit to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Miss World con­test – some­thing they prob­a­bly want to im­prove by scout­ing for mod­els through re­gional pageants.

Crispen Sachikonye, the Trust’s founder said: “To im­prove the qual­ity of the Miss Zim­babwe con­test, new li­censees to host the pre­lim­i­nar­ies to the con­test will be ap­pointed world­wide.

“Over the last few years, the Miss Zim­babwe Trust has been look­ing for ways to im­prove the qual­ity of the con­test.

“We’re bring­ing back the pre­lim­i­nary re­gional con­tests and get­ting our con­tes­tants for the Miss World Zim­babwe fi­nale from there.”

Sachikonye, who has been in strate­gic dis­cus­sions with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, said be­sides im­prov­ing the qual­ity of the con­test, this move was part of a wider ef­fort to de­velop a con­test that re­flects Zim­babwe more ac­cu­rately.

“After li­cens­ing, there’ll be a Miss Zim­babwe Canada, USA, South Africa, UK and other pre­lim­i­nary con­tests which will feed into the grand fi­nale,” he said.

“The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of li­censees is now at an ad­vanced stage with for ex­am­ple, Zim­babwe Fash­ion Show­case be­ing se­lected as a li­censee for Miss Zim­babwe UK. Other li­censees that are be­ing ap­pointed are for Miss Zim­babwe USA, Canada, South Africa and of course Miss Zim­babwe from within Zim­babwe.”

Two years ago, or­gan­is­ers of Miss Zim­babwe scrapped pro­vin­cial pageants say­ing they were sub-stan­dard be­cause of lack of fund­ing.

The pro­vin­cial beauty con­tests such as Miss Bu­l­awayo were held an­nu­ally to se­lect a queen and two princesses who would go on to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive prov­inces at the na­tional Miss Zim­babwe con­test.

Sachikonye said only con­tes­tants from these li­censed con­tests, or those di­rectly sanc­tioned by the Trust, will have a chance of be­com­ing Miss Zim­babwe.

“Be­sides im­prov­ing the qual­ity of the con­test, this move will help unify Zim­bab­wean ef­forts to mar­ket the coun­try and its peo­ple. It’s also part of a wider ef­fort to de­velop a con­test that re­flects Zim­babwe more ac­cu­rately.”

He said they were op­ti­mistic that they would im­ple­ment the changes next year.

“We hope Miss Zim­babwe 2017 will be based on the struc­ture of hav­ing pre­lim­i­nary pageants be­fore the na­tional one to choose one queen,” said Sachikonye.

If im­ple­mented, the re-host­ing of re­gional pageants might be good news for peo­ple such as mod­el­ling gu­rus Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda and Mavis Koslek who have rep­utable mod­el­ling agen­cies in Bu­l­awayo and Gweru. AFTER kwaito group the Teddy Bears and DJ Cleo split two years ago, many thought it was the end of the road, but the trio is back with a bang with new songs.

The group known for Cleo’s yes­ter­year hit tracks Fol­low Me and Hlokoloza – in which they fea­tured San­dra Nde­bele’s 2015 track – Mayikhale – have re­leased two songs, Mellow Yel­low and Bhadala.

Speak­ing about their re­turn, one of the group mem­bers, Kh­eso said they had re­leased the new tracks to an­nounce their re­turn in the show­biz scene.

Kh­eso paid trib­ute to DJ Cleo for men­tor­ing

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