A 23-year-old Zimbabwean beauty, Gabriella Tendai Mudhliwa, shrugged off competition from other seven contestants to land the Miss Zimbabwe UK crown at the weekend.
Gabriella is about to start her final year as a journalism student at Bedfordshire University, but is also a support worker in the mental health sector.
Gabriella will use her reign to support her charitable interest to diffuse the stigma associated with mental health problems in Zimbabwe.
“This is something very close to my heart, because it is an issue that is often swept under the carpet among Zimbabweans,” Gabriella said.
“I hope I can use my time as Miss Zimbabwe UK to work with charities and raise awareness about this issue.”
Gabriella, whose family lives in Hatfield, Harare, charmed the judges in the four categories: swim wear, African wear and evening wear. She also did commendably well in the question-and-answer segment.
“I’m humbled, proud and thankful. All the girls were beautiful, it was just my time,” she said.
Her winning prize included a UK Econet mobile phone and sim card with £50 airtime.
The pageant, organised by the ZimExpo Business Consortium, was held at Riverside Conference Centre in Luton.
It’s an annual show that celebrates the poise, confidence, beauty, intelligence and inner qualities of every Zimbabwean woman.
The purpose of ZimExpo is to foster relationships among Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora, and the beauty pageant is just one part of an annual festival held to showcase all of Zimbabwe’s different talents.
The group’s mission is to support the work of individuals and Zimbabwean business owners seeking creative solutions to business problems, by sharing innovative programmes and policies. – newzimbabwe.com/swradioafrica.com