A BEVY of 18 curvaceous models from around the country yesterday converged in Harare for a boot camp ahead of the Miss Curvy Zimbabwe pageant to be held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel on Friday evening.
Report by Melissa Mpofu Entertainment Reporter
Today, the models will join the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority for a clean-up campaign at Machipisa shopping centre in Highfiled before going for a social soccer match at Belgravia Sports club.
Their programme will involve lessons in cooking traditional food to be held at Garwe Restaurant tomorrow. From the restaurant, the models will head for Chitungwiza where they will embark on a “Models Against Hunger” fundraising project.
Miss Curvy organiser Mercy “Catwalk” Mushaninga said she decided to organise the pageant after being inspired by curvy women who were interested in modelling.
“We launched Miss Curvy after realising that there were few pageants for curvy women in Zimbabwe. This pageant celebrates the beauty of women and makes them part of modelling industry,” she said.
This year’s winner will walk away with $2 000 and a trip to Egypt, courtesy of the Egyptian embassy. The first princess will get $600, while the second princess will receive $400.
Last year, Tanya Chikuni from Harare was crowned Miss Curvy Zimbabwe at a colourful pageant held at the Platinum Lifestyle Lounge in Harare. She managed to outshine 15 other curvaceous contestants. Bekezela Mlalazi from Bulawayo was the first runner-up and the second runner-up was Jacquie Mahaja from Harare.
Chikuni said Miss Curvy was a pageant she could identify with.
“Finally, I found my pageant, a pageant which I could contest in without having to worry much about my body. With Miss Curvy, you don’t have to force yourself to be a size zero to contest. You just have to embrace your curves,” she said. Some of this year’s contestants are Brenda Chikaza, Marian Mutakiwa, Fiona Mukamba, Nompumelelo Tshuma, Tarisai Kanyama, Wadzanai Kanyowa, Betty Moyo and Bridgette Samu.