Vongai Mbara Arts Reporter
As we have a good time New Year nowadays, it’s miles always exact to look back at the year-long past by using and revisit a number of its highlights. In the humanities zone, pageants are amongst activities that carry people from all walks of existence together. Beauty pageants had been held at some point in us of a highlighting the best looks and abilities of their contestants.

While there are a few obvious positives that had been taken from those contests and the crowds they attracted, there also are some terrific negative factors. We test some of the pageants that occurred in 2017.

A festival that was once deemed preeminent this year did not stay as much as its billing whilst 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 have been left stranded after Mukazhu failed to pay the prize cash of $600 in overall which he had promised the winners.

The three winners have been speculated to get $three hundred, $two hundred and $100 respectively, however, things took some other flip when the occasion failed to appeal to a complete house, inflicting Mukazhu to go away the fashions stranded at the venue. It became terrible for the models that had traveled from distinctive parts of u . S . A. To Bulawayo for the final. It should have made unhappy reminiscences for them in 2017.

Miss Deaf

This 12 months’ Miss Deaf beauty opposition may want to make it within the World Guinness Book with a file of the lowest grand prize inside the records of splendor pageants. Miss Deaf 2017 Chiedza Hukuimwe become devastated when she changed into advised that she became walking away with a stunning prize of $8.50.

Event organizers had no coins prizes before the pageant and that they tried to elevate a few coins from well-wishers in the crowd but only managed to get $26 which turned into then shared amongst Miss Deaf and her princesses.

Out of 14 contestants, the three winners each walked away with a draft $8.50 and hampers from Oceane Perfumes. It exposed the failure via local sponsors to support local pageants, mainly the ones which are intended to uplift the deprived sects within the society.

Miss Albinism

The much-predicted inaugural Miss Albinism competition became canceled at the 11th hour due to venue-related problems and has been rescheduled to February sixteen at Reps Theatre. Many human beings were becoming away on the venue as they most effective located out about the trends when they were given there.


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Battling for the crown are 15 finalists drawn from different elements of the united states and the competition is meant to combat towards stigma toward humans living with albinism and may be strolling below a topic, “Beauty Beyond the Skin”

Miss World Zim

Although it had its challenges which include failing to include foreign contestants that had been booked for the very last, the festival lived to its billing. Chiedza Mhosva took the crown at a colorful rite despite the fact that at the Miss World competition she found herself in a stiff competition in which best African international locations, Kenya and South Africa made it to the pinnacle ten.

Mhosva did not make it into the pinnacle 40 through the Beauty with a Purpose task category and her different choice become thru the pinnacle-to-head mission which changed into dependent on social media votes which she did not obtain as well. It seems Zimbabweans are yet to rally behind their representatives at Miss World because greater votes should have spurred her to a higher stage.

Miss Legacy

Beauty pageants are often slammed for being “shallow” and focusing simply at the outer looks of a woman but Miss Legacy changed the policies by means of promoting beauty with brains inside the festival.

The annual tourism, charitable development splendor festival targets to sell tradition, empowerment of the girl infant and background of Zimbabwe. Twenty-12 months-old Tapuwanashe Manyange from Hwange changed into crowned Miss Legacy on the inaugural competition that ran beneath the topic “Embracing our Culture”

The splendor queen shrugged off a stiff opposition from 15 different contestants and walked away with a grand prize of $1000 even as first princess Anita Kubie (30) pocketed $750 and 2nd princess Eustas Gomba (24) took $500. The occasion that becomes held on the massive 7Arts Theatre but didn’t appeal to lovers and could slightly fill a quota of the venue.

Miss Mt Pleasant

It becomes the double delight for a model, Sikhulile Shumba, who changed into crowned Miss Mt Pleasant on the inaugural edition of the competition that became held at 7Arts, Avondale in Harare.

Shumba walked away with a present-day Honda Fit and became endorsed to take part in the now-canceled version of Miss Tourism Zimbabwe. Nineteen-12 months-vintage Vimbai Mungofa was topped 2d princess, at the same time as Floret Chikomwe turned into the voted the first princess with Betty Chinzou being named Miss Personality.

The festival that changed into open to contestants aged between 18 up and 35 years. Mt Pleasant legislator, Pageant founder and important sponsor, Jason Passade promised to offer free riding classes to the girl child and assist those supplementing their everyday ranges with loose training.

Miss Kuwadzana

Kuwadzana legislator and former version Betty Kaseke brought lights within the streets of Kuwadzana when she launched Miss Kuwadzana beauty pageant. Everything turned into magical and classy and it changed into accomplished was for a worthy cause, to empower the woman-child.

A big crowd of Kuwadzana citizens came out and expected on the out of doors event so one can support their MP’s imaginative and prescient. Nineteen-12 months-old pupil Michelle Badza was crowned the inaugural queen of the festival and she or he bagged $1 500 similarly to automatically qualifying for the subsequent 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 have been additionally provided with excursion vouchers to Victoria Falls as well as complete-time jobs in the MP’s office where they will be paid a fixed revenue of $300 each month-to-month.

Mr. Ugly

Usually, it is the beauty that is rewarded, but now not in this reverse festival that celebrates the ugly. Ugly guys were given to walk down the runway showcasing their ugliness. Inaugural winner William Masvinu took the title once more in this year’s edition of the competition.

Although Masvinu misplaced the opposition closing yr to Maison Sere in controversial instances, this yr he managed to retrieve his throne. However, the competition certainly became unpleasant while Masvinu changed into dethroned after he threatened organizers for failing to offer him his prize on time.

Masvinu is known for his rowdy behavior from preceding pageants and he’ll now not be able to reign as he has completed before because he has misplaced the identity on disciplinary grounds.