Zimbabweans across the world will have a chance to select their favourite beau among the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe finalists beginning next Tuesday.
The contestant that gets highest votes will be crowned Miss G-Tide Face of Zimbabwe during the national final that is slated for February 12.
The 35 models go into camp on Friday and their pictures will be published promptly to facilitate the voting process.
Miss G-Tide Face of Zimbabwe is the only category in the pageant that allows fans to choose their favourite contestant.
The category is sponsored by mobile phone company, G-Tide Zimbabwe.
G-Tide Zimbabwe director Chamunorwa Shumba said the pictures of the models would be published in newspapers and on the pageant’s website.
He said this year they would distribute flyers with the contestants’ pictures to enhance access to voting.
“We want to make the category bigger this year. Our aim is to reach out widely so that many people can vote. We feel it is a category that makes fans identify with the pageant,” said Shumba.
“There will also be a system that allows people to vote while in the auditorium during the show. People will use their mobile phones to vote within the auditorium but there will not be charged. It is an advanced system that was designed in the Netherlands.”
Miss G-Tide Face of Zimbabwe will get a car to use during her reign while she will also win a holiday trip to China among other prizes.
Last year Michelle Gonah won the category and has had an eventful reign. She is expected to pursue her studies in South Africa after handing over her crown to the next winner on March 1.
G-Tide has given commendable support to local arts. They also sponsor musician Stunner, who is the company’s brand ambassador, on numerous occasions.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, which organises Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, has promised a memorable show at the national final that would be spiced with lots of entertainment activities.
ZTA spokesperson Sugar Chagonda said everything was now in place for the national final.
“The contestants will be in camp for two weeks and they will go through grooming sessions in addition to visiting a number of tourist resorts. They will also engage in a few public service programmes as we prepare them for the day of the final,” said Chagonda.
This year the pageant will send three representatives to international pageants, namely Miss World, Miss Tourism World and Miss Universe.
Chagonda said they would hold a Sash Ceremony on Friday night when the contestants would be presented with their participant sashes.