Vongai Mbara Arts Reporter
As we celebrate New Year these days, it’s far constantly true to appearance lower back at the 12 months long gone by using and revisit 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 there are some obvious positives that have been taken from these contests and the crowds they attracted, there also are a few great poor factors. We test a number of the pageants that occurred in 2017.

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, but things took another turn when the occasion didn’t attract a full house, inflicting Mukazhu to depart the fashions stranded on the venue. It was bad 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 handiest controlled to get $26 which changed into then shared among Miss Deaf and her two princesses.

Out of 14 contestants, the 3 winners every 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 which can be meant to uplift the deprived sects inside the society.

Miss Albinism

The whole lot-expected inaugural Miss Albinism pageant turned into 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 on the venue as they 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. And 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 inclusive of failing to consist of foreign contestants that have been 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.

Mhosva didn’t make it into the top forty through the Beauty with a Purpose challenge class and her different choice become through the pinnacle-to-head project which was depending 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

Beauty pageants are often slammed for being “shallow” and focusing just on the outer looks of a girl but 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 become topped Miss Legacy on the inaugural pageant that ran under the theme “Embracing our Culture”

The splendor queen shrugged off a 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.

Miss Mt Pleasant

It turned into double pride for version, Sikhulile Shumba, who become topped Miss Mt Pleasant at the inaugural edition of the pageant that becomes held at 7Arts, Avondale in Harare.

Shumba walked away with a state-of-the-art Honda Fit and was advocated to take part in the now-canceled edition of Miss Tourism Zimbabwe. Nineteen-12 months-antique Vimbai Mungofa becomes the crowned 2nd princess, even as Floret Chikomwe was voted the first princess with Betty Chinzou being named Miss Personality.

The competition that was open to contestants aged between 18 up and 35 years. Mt Pleasant legislator, Pageant founder and fundamental sponsor, Jason Passade promised to offer free riding classes to the lady baby and help those supplementing their everyday stages with unfastened instructions.

Miss Kuwadzana

Kuwadzana legislator and previous version Betty Kaseke delivered lights within the streets of Kuwadzana whilst she released Miss Kuwadzana beauty competition. Everything turned into magical and classy and it becomes finished changed into for a worthy cause, to empower the girl baby.

A large crowd of Kuwadzana residents got here out and expected at the outside event with the intention to aid their MP’s imaginative and prescient. Nineteen-year-antique student Michelle Badza become crowned the inaugural queen of the festival and he or she bagged $1 500 similarly to routinely qualifying for the following edition of Miss World Zimbabwe.

First Princess Sheereen Selemani got $1 000, at the same time as Second Princess Melissa Jack pocketed $750 and Miss Personality Previous Chindinhi took $650.The four winners were additionally presented with excursion vouchers to Victoria Falls in addition to complete-time jobs inside the MP’s workplace wherein they will be paid a fixed earnings of $300 every month-to-month.

Mr. Ugly

Usually, it is a beauty this is rewarded, however not on this opposite pageant that celebrates the unpleasant. Ugly guys were given to walk down the runway showcasing their ugliness. Inaugural winner William Masvinu took the name once more at this 12 months’ version of the competition.

Although Masvinu lost the competition remaining yr to Maison Sere in controversial circumstances, this yr he controlled to retrieve his throne. However, the pageant certainly turned ugly whilst Masvinu became dethroned after he threatened organizers for failing to present him his prize on time.

Masvinu is thought for his rowdy behavior from previous pageants and he will now not be capable of reign as he has accomplished earlier than because he has lost the title on disciplinary grounds.