The Sunday Mail
THE Miss Zimbabwe Trust is not leaving anything to chance in preparing the reigning Miss World Zimbabwe for the Miss World finals slated for November 18 in China.
While critics were busy bombarding Chiedza Lorraine Mhosva for various reasons after her inauguration on July 22, Mrs Marry Chiwenga and her team have not wasted time in preparing the beauty queen for the ultimate task ahead.
Mhosva might as well be the first local model in recent years to have a well-organised march towards the Miss World finals, with some of the beauty queens going under clouds of controversy and uncertainty.
In 2005, the country failed to send a participant to the Miss World finals, which were held at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China, with the Miss Zimbabwe Trust citing that their model had not made enough preparations for the event.
Ironically, this year’s finals are also taking place at the same venue on November 18, but this time around Team Zimbabwe will be sending a very prepared beauty queen.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail Society, Miss World Zimbabwe Trust spokesperson Tendai Chirau said they have done everything in their power to ensure that Miss World Zimbabwe’s journey to the global stage is smooth.
“Miss Zimbabwe Trust, under the leadership of Mrs Chiwenga, decided to start preparing before the national finals while the girls were still in camp,” said Chirau.
“While we were preparing them for Miss World Zimbabwe, they were taken through some of the activities that are done at the global final, we tried to replicate what happens at Miss World while we were still in camp.”
Besides the rigorous training Mhosva has been undergoing, the administrative side of things is also going smoothly.
“We have already submitted everything that is required. Chiedza spent this morning (Wednesday) at the Chinese Embassy dealing with the visa issue, which has been sorted out,” said Chirau, adding: “Her profile has been on the Miss World website for a while now — we sent all requisites on time.”
Although some sections are sceptical about her capacity to represent the country well, Chirau is confident that she will do well and encouraged the nation to support her all the way.
“There will be head-to-head challenge events that will take place between October 21 and November 15. We are appealing to every Zimbabwean to support her and vote for our queen. Winners from the various groups they will be in will automatically qualify into the Miss World Top 40.
“This is no longer about Chiedza Mhosva, it’s about the country’s flag. I encourage people to like the Miss World page and follow it religiously.”
Chirau reflected on the previous models who could not make it to the Miss World stage since the Mrs Chiwenga-led team took over.
“The truth is that we have been betrayed by some girls who did not follow the rules as prescribed by the Trust, it was not of our own making. The Trust and its chairperson, Mrs Chiwenga, tries by all means to do the best for the models.”
Last year, Zimbabwe was not represented at the Miss World finals after Miss Zimbabwe Trust failed to host the local competition claiming that they could not find the models to participate.