Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2008 Vanessa Sibanda will represent the country at this year’s Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant in the Dominican Republic in November.
She will travel to Punta Cana on October 25 where she will join other models from all the continents.
The World Beauty Organisation (WBO) announced in a statement that the 39th anniversary of Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant would be held on November 6 in the Taino Theatre of the Barceló Punta Cana Hotel.
This will be Sibanda’s second biggest pageant after representing Zimbabwe at the 2009 Miss World contest. The 22-year-old beauty impressed at the pageant where she made it into the top 12 of the Miss Talent finals and Miss Beach Beauty category.
Over 60 contestants are expected to take part in the pageant, which serves to bring different countries together. It represents an opportunity to share universal values and define a common ideal of elegance and beauty.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never seen the Miss Intercontinental crown as girls normally dream of being princesses, dressed in beautiful gowns and wearing sparkling jewellery.
In a statement, WBO president Luis Pitti Sagrera said: “We are very excited to bring our production to the Caribbean and we all are looking forward to an exotic and magnificent show.”
Reigning Miss Intercontinental, Hannelly Quintero, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast. Each delegate will compete in three categories which are swimsuit, evening gown and interview round.
Well known as a showcase for the world’s most poised and stunning women, the pageant started in 1971 as a promotional event for the tourism industry in Aruba. Thirty-five women, dressed in one-piece red bathing suits, vied for the crown that day in Oranjestad, Aruba.
Meanwhile, Sibanda who is currently based in South Africa has asked her compatriots to support her by voting from October 1 on the Miss Intercontinental website, www.missintercontinental.com in order to increase her chances of winning.
Unlike other models that vanish into thin air after Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Sibanda has been doing well in Mzansi where she clinched a deal with South Africa’s G3 Model at the beginning of the year.
This was not only a solid personal achievement, but a ray of hope for Zimbabwe’s faltering modelling industry.
Ever since, the beauty queen has scored big as she boasts a lucrative international profile following a number of successful shows and commercials.
She has been involved in major projects like the SA Fashion Week and La Francophone Fashion Week in addition to featuring in promotional material for renowned designers such as JJ Schoeman, Luxion Kulca and Bridal Couture.