Nkanyeziyethu Malunga was on Friday crowned Miss Zimbabwe Environment for Bulawayo Province in what could be the beginning of a journey to Philippines in 2013 for the international finals.
Malunga was crowned together with Thubelihle Ncube as first princess and Marybeth Ushe who became the second princess.
Founder of the pageant and designer Briaton Takundwa said the bevy of 20 beauty queens did tremendously well.
Takundwa said the pageant’s national finals would be held in December.
“The peagant will now move on to Harare province, then Matabeleland North Province where competitions will be held in Victoria Falls,” he said.
“After that it will move on to Matabeleland South and then Mashonaland Central and to other provinces.”
Simunye Simunye dance group staged a top-class performance, while songstress Rudo Nyoni was on top of her game as an opening act to the pageant. Guests were wowed by the co-performance of P.O.Y and Antivirus dance group.
Harare-based musician Pax Gomo and Artists for Environment in Zimbabwe, also graced the event leaving guests mesmerised.
Speaking on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, who was supposed to be the guest of honour, director of the social cluster in Khupe’s office, Adelis Sibutha, said the national winner would contest in an international event in the Philippines in early 2013.
Designers who showcased their brands included Sidumiso Tshuma from Shadow Wear, Shane from Exotic Sun, Emily from Emifa, Stella from Estell, Annie from Annie G, Jay J from Rags, Rose from Eureka and Designers from White Cotton and Sledge Industries.
The pageantry was held under the theme “Forestry for People”.