Vongai Mbara Arts Reporter

As we celebrate New Year these days, it’s far constantly true to appear lower back at the 12 months long gone by using and revisiting a number of its highlights. In the humanities sector, pageants are amongst activities that convey human beings from all walks of life together. Beauty pageants were held throughout u. S., Highlighting the best looks and skills in their contestants. While some obvious positives have been taken from these contests and the crowds they attracted, there are also a few great poor factors. We tested a number of the pageants that occurred in 2017.

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A festival that was once deemed preeminent this 12 months failed to live up to its billing when organizer Nilton Makazhu did not pay the winners. Miss Cultural queen Zandile Ncube, First Princess Amanda Nyoni, Second Princess Anita Kubie, and Miss Personality Sithembiso Sibanda were left stranded after Mukazhu did not pay the prize money of $six hundred in total which he had promised the winners.

The three winners were speculated to get $300, $two hundred, and $one hundred, respectively. Still, things took another turn when the occasion didn’t attract a full house, inflicting Mukazhu to depart the fashions stranded on the venue. It wasn’t good for the fashions that had traveled from specific parts of the USA to Bulawayo for the final. It ought to have made sad memories for them in 2017.

Miss Deaf

This yr’s Miss Deaf splendor competition ought to make it within the World Guinness Book with a report of the bottom grand prize within the history of beauty pageants. Miss Deaf 2017 Chiedza Hukuimwe become devastated while she becomes advised that she became strolling away with a surprising prize of $eight.50.

Event organizers had no coins prizes earlier than the competition, and that they tried to raise a few cash from properly-wishers in the crowd, but the handiest controlled to get $26, which changed into then shared among Miss Deaf and her two princesses. Out of 14 contestants, the 3 winners walked away with a ludicrous $8.50 and hampers from Oceane Perfumes. It exposed the failure by way of nearby sponsors to assist nearby pageants, especially those meant to uplift the deprived sects inside the society.

Miss Albinism

The whole lot-expected inaugural Miss Albinism pageant turned canceled on the eleventh hour because of venue-related troubles and has been rescheduled to February 16 at Reps Theatre. Many human beings were turned away from the venue as the best found out about the trends when they were given there.

Battling for the crown are 15 finalists drawn from exclusive parts of u. S. The pageant is supposed to fight against stigma towards humans residing with albinism and will be going for walks below a topic, “Beauty Beyond the Skin.”

Miss World Zim

Although it had its challenges, including failing to consist of foreign contestants booked for the final, the competition lived to its billing. Chiedza Mhosva took the crown at a colorful rite even though at the Miss World opposition, she observed herself in a stiff competition in which only African international locations, Kenya and South Africa, made it to the top ten.

Moskva didn’t make it into the top forty through the Beauty with a Purpose challenge class, and her different choice became through the pinnacle-to-head project, which depended on social media votes which she failed to attain as nicely. It appears Zimbabweans are yet to rally in the back of their representatives at Miss World because greater votes should have spurred her to a better level.

Miss Legacy

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Beauty pageants are often slammed for being “shallow” and focusing just on the outer looks. Still, Miss Legacy modified the policies via selling beauty with brains in the competition.

The annual tourism, charitable development splendor festival pursuits to promote the way of life, empowerment of the female infant, and historical past of Zimbabwe. Twenty-12 months-vintage Tapuwanashe Manyange from Hwange became topped Miss Legacy on the inaugural pageant that ran under “Embracing our Culture.”

The splendor queen shrugged off stiff opposition from 15 other contestants and walked away with a grand prize of $one thousand whilst first princess Anita Kubie (30) pocketed $750, and 2nd princess Eustas Gomba (24) took $500. The occasion that turned into held on the huge 7Arts Theatre but failed to appeal to fans and will slightly fill a quota of the venue.