Makaya in in­ter­na­tional beauty glory

Miss Teen Her­itage World is a fast grow­ing beauty pageant set to present an ex­cep­tional and uni­ver­sal podium for ev­ery na­tion to present it­self, its peo­ple, its cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, her­itage, tourism, pe­cu­liar­ity and prospects for hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tive

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OUR very own Hil­lary Makaya par­tic­i­pated in the pageant last year which took place in Sri Lanka and she won. Cool Life­style re­porter Naledi Sande

(NS) spoke with Makaya (HM) about her jour­ney as a model. Be­low are the ex­cerpts of the in­ter­view.

NS: Who is Hil­lary and how did you en­ter?

HM: Hil­lary Makaya is an 18-year-old who grew up in a fam­ily full of beauty pageant mod­els and be­lieves that she’s des­tined for great­ness and can change the world with her new ti­tle Miss Teen World Her­itage 2016-17. Firstly I en­tered the na­tional pageant in 2016 Miss Teen Her­itage Zim­babwe that was held at the New Am­bas­sador ho­tel in Harare on the Fe­bru­ary 13. I scooped the ti­tle and my first princess was Dy­onne Tafirenyika. Once I was the reign­ing queen in Zim­babwe I had to go and rep­re­sent my coun­try at an in­ter­na­tional level in Colombo Sri Lanka in De­cem­ber 2016.

NS: Brief us on the ex­pe­ri­ence in Asia. How was it like?

HM: This was my first time go­ing to Asia. It was a very dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment. It was very hot though. The Sri Lankans are very friendly. Ap­par­ently In­dia and Sri Lanka have the same en­vi­ron­ment. They are very beau­ti­ful any­way. I loved the beach since it is sur­rounded by wa­ter.

NS: De­scribe your boot camp. What did you learn and how did you mar­ket Zim­babwe?

HM: Ex­cit­ing part was get­ting to know other cul­tures and get­ting to min­gle with other girls from other coun­tries. Also get­ting to know what their coun­tries are like and just be­ing so­cial. But we would do a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties. We had three events that helped us pre­pare for the fi­nale. We had late nights and very early morn­ings. Tour­ing the coun­try was an­other ex­cit

ing part of the boot camp. In terms of sell­ing our coun­try, I would talk about ev­ery tourist at­trac­tion in Zim­babwe.

NS: who de­signed the out­fit you wore on the fi­nale?

HM: Jasper de­signed all my at­tires. There were about 7 at­tires and they were all ex­quis­ite. I got seven medals. Two medals for the cul­tural at­tire, two for the peace dress, two for the tourism sa­fari at­tire and a gold medal for the evening na­tional dress. I be­lieve that my at­tires made me score more point and the best part is I did not have to pay for them. Jasper spon­sored them.

NS: What was your prize and how are you us­ing your money?

HM: I got prize money of $20 000 and a few ham­pers. I also get to travel around the world and I can just call the Her­itage trust if I need any as­sis­tance when I travel. I am go­ing to in­vest the money in a busi­ness and open a mod­el­ling agency for teenagers who have a pas­sion for mod­el­ling and want to bring the best out of mod­el­ling, not just for money. NS: What is next for you? HM: I have al­ways wanted to go to Miss Zim­babwe so that I can com­pete in Miss World but now that I have won an in­ter­na­tional pageant I was start­ing to let it go. But my fam­ily is pres­sur­ing me in tak­ing part in the Miss Zim­babwe 2018. I be­lieve in my­self that I will take the ti­tle in 2018. If I do not get into Miss Zim­babwe I will go for Miss Tourism and win it so that I go to the in­ter­na­tional pageant. With all the love and sup­port I get from Zim­babwe, I am sure I will get the ti­tle. I feel that now I that I have won an in­ter­na­tional pageant; I got the strength and abil­ity to go for any pageant and take the crown home.

Hil­lary with her run­ner-ups at the Miss Teen Her­itage World 2016

Miss Teen Her­itage World 2016, Hil­lay Makaya

Hil­lary Makaya

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