Reigning Miss Universe Zimbabwe Lisa Morgan says she is well prepared for Miss International beauty pageant grand finale that takes place in China on Sunday.
She has promised to emulate top model Vanessa Sibanda who has won prestigious titles at international pageants.
The 21-year-old beauty will try to catwalk her way to the top and outclass other models from different parts of the world.
Morgan, who has been in boot camp in China for two weeks, said she was honoured to represent the country and would give of her best.
“I am excited as this is my first international pageant and I am proud to say that come Sunday, I will walk on the ramp, not as Lisa, but as Zimbabwe,” she said.
While in camp, the models participated in different activities including talent shows, playing games and visiting tourist attractions.
On Friday, Morgan displayed fancy dance skills when she demonstrated a dance called inxwala. Other models marvelled at her skill and asked her for some tips.
“It was splendid, I never knew I could dance that well. Fellow contestants even asked me to teach them some dance routines.”
Morgan said she was enjoying her stay in China.
“China is really good, I am enjoying every moment of it. Everything is beautiful, the place, people, buildings and the food.”
She urged Zimbabweans to rally behind her as she represents the country in the pageant.
“I would like to encourage Zimbabweans to support and vote for me on the Miss International website. They can also access information of what I have been doing in China on the site.”
The model thanked the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) for grooming her and preparing her for the international pageant.
Although she is very hopeful, Morgan admitted that there would be stiff competition at the pageant.
“The competition here is very stiff. All the participants are beautiful. Whoever wins would have done something extraordinary. But my performance in our dance session has boosted my confidence. I believe I can make it.”
During the pageant, the beauty queen will present a painting by Farai Chirumiko for an auction.
“The painting shows two children playing hide-and-seek and this is to show the happiness of Zimbabwean children,” she said.
She added that her smile, step and brains were her major assets.
ZTA spokesperson, Sugar Chagonda, said he was optimistic Morgan would represent the country well.
Last year’s pageant, also held in China, was won by Elizabeth Mosquera from Venezuela.