Outgoing Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ), Samantha Tshuma says she had a successful reign, managed to fulfill all her plans and is now a better person.
She said the call of duty has made her overcome her natural shyness.
She said: “Before I was Miss Tourism, I was a very shy person but now I can have a proper conversation with business people. Also I now view life differently and positively,” she said.
She added that meeting regularly with people from the corporate world had helped open her mind and doors.
Like all other MTZ queens, Samantha successfully embarked on a series of charity projects during her reign.
She worked with the Central Hospital in Bulawayo and Brunaberg in Plumtree where she donated clothes and foodstuffs a week before Christmas.
She also donated blankets, food items, clothing and other basic goods to Hwahwa, Luveve and Chikurubi Prisons, childrens’ homes and orphanages.
She added that she enjoyed every bit of her reign as it gave her a platform to travel. She managed to tour Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and China.
Her major highlight was travelling to China for the Miss World contest and she visited six cities in that country.
She further urged the models who would be vying for her post next month to thank the Lord for their success so far and enjoy their days in camp as they have a lot to learn.
“Since all the girls will be vying for the crown, I want to urge them to first thank God for giving them a chance to reach the finals as a lot of people wanted to be like them but never got the chance. They should also maximise their time with influential people they will meet from camp, whether they will win or not, because at the end of day, they are all winners,” she said.
The model said she had always had a passion for modelling and the MTZ crown was the 14th title she had won.
She was crowned Miss Tourism Bulawayo, Miss Evelyn High School, Miss Zimbabwe Colleges, Miss Bulawayo Junior and Miss Culture Queen amongst other titles.
Before being crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, she was studying Marketing and working part time at her father’s petrol station in Bulawayo’s Bellevue suburb.
She completed her studies and is now waiting to graduate.
After her reign, which ends on February 12, Samantha will be going to study in South Africa to either upgrade her marketing course or do another one.
The beauty queen also thanked the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke and his team for their support and assisting her in her various projects.