Her bright eyes shine with the conviction that she is destined for the stars, as she speaks her mind freely and clearly, as if her words were chosen for her by some goddess.
Twenty-three-year-old Cynthia Moyo told NewsDay, that she was ready to follow in the footsteps of her home girls Bongani Dhlakama, Samantha Tshuma and Oslie Muringani in bringing a national modelling title to the royal city of Bulawayo.
Moyo will on August 4 contest in the Miss Global International Zimbabwe and is convinced she will win the right to represent the country in Jamaica later this year.
“It’s a Jamaican international pageant and this is the first time that they are getting people in Zimbabwe to participate,” she said. “In the past they have been getting Zimbabweans in the United Kingdom to represent the country. I am the only one representing Bulawayo in the pageant and judging from the response on my Facebook page, where I am leading with 482 ‘likes’ followed by someone with 314 ‘likes’; I am better placed to land this one. I want to encourage my friends to continue voting for me by following my page.”
Moyo said she was excited because she felt like she was knocking on the door of her dreams.
“This has been my dream for a long time,” she said. “And when one gets such an opportunity they just have to follow it (dream) to the dark ends where it leads. My dream has been to get such an opportunity and take up issues of women and children’s rights. Despite strides made by others, I feel there is more to be done in that area.” Moyo, who attended Minda High School, a Catholic all-girls boarding school in Maphisa and Sizane High School, said she started modelling before she was a teenager.
“It’s been a while,” she said. “I started off at around 12 years of age at the small pageant organised at school.”
Moyo said she was intrigued by the most famous Ndebele queen Lozikeyi Dlodlo, wife of the last Ndebele King Lobengula.
“She strikes me as a very strong character in the history of the Ndebele,” she said. “She is quite a strong character in our history and society. That is the kind of woman that I am.”