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Face of Zim pageant reaches climax

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Two United Kingdom-based beauties, Jacqueline Tinkenawo and Tinashe Kamangira, were recently crowned as winners of Miss November and December in the ongoing Face of Zimbabwe (Foz) competition whose finals will be held this month.

The selection of Tinkenawo and Kamangira completes the line-up of 12 finalists set to face off in the final showdown to be crowned as Foz 2012.

“Becoming one of the Foz finalists was Jacqueline’s latest conquest after having been recently crowned first princess in the Miss Zim UK pageant held in Leicester in October,” said Foz Administrator Lazarus Nyekese.

He said with 12 finalists based in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and China, the competition had seen itself attract a large constituency of Zimbabweans abroad.

“The monthly finalists are expected to become tourism ambassadors where they are based whilst raising money for the Foz charity drive called My Brother’s Keeper,” he said.

He said a unique feature in the pageant was that the competition, which was being sponsored by London-based money transfer company World Remit, was the final winner was chosen entirely by public vote.

Nyekese said for organisers, the appeal of the competition was public participation that would ensure the winner would be a beauty queen judged and chosen by the Zimbabwean people.

“Despite just starting out, Jacqueline has great potential as a model and has the beauty which epitomises the Zimbabwean woman,” said one of the judges and radio host, Priscilla Nalana.

Commenting on Kamangira’s success another judge, Caroline Kumbukani, said she was a photogenic beau who was hard working with a “never give up” attitude.

Nyekese said voting for the finals could be done through their Foz website and voters in South Africa, UK and US could also vote through text messaging.

He said the competition results would be announced on December 16 and the Foz trust would also release a 2012 calendar featuring all 12 finalists.

“Besides only starting in January this year, Foz has established itself as an exciting and relevant competition making a positive impact internationally and raising significant sums of money for charitable causes in Zimbabwe,” he said.

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