All is set for the Miss Southern Africa International (MSAI) final to be held on Sunday evening at the Mukuba Hotel in Ndola, Zambia.
Zimbabwe will be represented by Evelyn Gondo, a product of the Zimgossip modelling agency which is home to Miss Zimbabwe, Malaika Mushandu.
Gondo will compete with other African models from Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, and the host country, Zambia.
Meanwhile, Vanessa Sibanda, popularly known as Queen Vee, is billed to perform at the event.
Sibanda, who was Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2008 and 2nd princess Miss Top Model of the World 2011, will also crown the winner of the pageant.
Washington Ali, Miss Southern Africa International director, told NewsDay that this year’s pageant was going to be held during the Annual 42nd Zambia International Trade Fair.
He added that Miss Southern Africa was an international event that celebrates Africa’s amazing culture.
Ali said the event had grown to be an international brand with contestants drawn from all over Southern Africa.
“One of the objectives of Miss Southern Africa International is to bring together people from all walks of life and celebrate the beauty and shared culture of Southern Africans,” said Ali.
Initially, reigning Miss Zimbabwe (Malaika Mushandu), who was crowned Miss Sai Zimbabwe and Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (Rumbidzayi Mudzengerere), who was crowned Miss Sai Zimbabwe First Princess last year, were both meant to represent the country at the finals, but they could not do so due to national commitments.
The two were crowned at an event held at the Holiday Inn in Bulawayo in October last year.
Mercy Mushaninga, ZimGossip director and Miss Sai Zimbabwe representative, said the two queens had been replaced by Gondo, who is Miss Sai Zimbabwe Second Princess and Miss Personality.