Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Samantha Tshuma returned home from Ghana last Thursday and will this week proceed to China where she will represent Zimbabwe at this year’s edition of Miss World.
Last year, the country was represented by Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2008, Vanessa Sibanda.
Initially Tshuma was meant to leave the country on September 25 but she faced some hiccups with the country’s airline so she will leave this Thursday if all goes as planned.
Tshuma told NewsDay she was looking forward to representing the country at the Miss World pageant.
“I had a great time meeting other models from Ghana and this has made me want to meet more models at Miss World as I love interacting with different people from different cultures,” said Tshuma.
Tshuma added that she was not nervous at all as she was a go-getter and would do her best at the pageant to land one of the top three crowns.
“My character is outstanding and I know this is going to get me far because I am down-to-earth and open to everyone,” she said.
She said she was a suitable candidate for the Miss Top Model category, in which considerations are made based on things such as the model’s walk, smile, heart and poses which Tshuma believes are her strengths.
For her Miss World project, which will be used for the Miss Beauty with Brains category, Tshuma worked with prisons and hospitals and donated blankets.
She also also established an institution called Afro-Dream Foundation meaning an African dream where she catered for children who are hopeless.
She has plans to build a home for 105 children which she is already taking care of in Plumtree.
Tshuma said that her reign had been fruitful and challenging at the same time as she had faced a variety of challenges.
Getting sponsorship for her various projects was her major nightmare as some companies which promised to assist her let her down at the last minute.
She added that meeting people who wanted to bring her down was another challenge she faced.
Meeting influential people, networking and helping those in need were her highlights.
This Friday, Tshuma will join contestants from over 120 countries that will be competing in Miss World’s 60th final.
This will be Tshuma’s first time to participate in such a well celebrated worldwide event which will be broadcast live on various televisions.
The finals will be held on October 30.