CURVACEOUS Mildred Shumba from Bulawayo was on Friday evening crowned Miss Curvy Zimbabwe at an event held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare.
Report by Melissa Mpofu Entertainment Reporter
She managed to outshine 17 other contestants drawn from all over the country and walked away with $7 000 and a trip to Egypt, as part of her prizes.
First runner-up Isabel Nyathi from Harare walked away with $600 and second runner-up Adeline Gadeni, also from Harare, received $400. Vanessa Taurai from Bulawayo scooped the Miss Personality title.
Initially, the queen Shumba was meant to win $2 000, but she was lucky, as one of the judges, Wicknell “B.I.G” Chivayo, a young local businessman decided to add $5 000. The shortlisted contestants were all asked what they would do to assist the girl child and Chivayo found it wise to give the queen $5 000 which he said would go towards improving her education.
It was clear that Shumba would win the pageant, as she had a unique catwalk, where she would drag her step in order for her curves to show and, she was more curvaceous than the other contestants. She was the crowd’s favourite, as several people in the crowd continuously shouted out her name and screamed whenever she got on stage.
The inaugural Miss Curvy Zimbabwe winner Tanya Chikuni was not to be outdone as she demonstrated the curvy pose when she strutted her stuff on the ramp and left guests awestruck.
Quality entertainment was provided by High Definition dance group, Ba Shupi, and Taurai Mandebvu. DJ Flevah was not to be outdone as he mixed beats well on the decks and kept the crowd on their feet during intervals.
Former beauty queens Sibusisiwe Dube, Rumbidzayi Mudzengerere, Gamu Maziva and Hilda Mabu graced the event.
Though the pageant was almost well organised, it seemed to have attracted the wrong crowds as there was so much noise to an extent that judges could not hear the contestants clearly when they were answering questions.
The Rainbow Towers waiters and waitresses seemed to be overwhelmed at the drinks serving points, as it took one an average of 30 minutes to be served. Some guests complained they were robbed of their money, as some waiters changed drink prices after every round of drinks.
Catwalk Management director Mercy “Catwalk” Mushaninga, the organiser of Miss Curvy pageant, said despite the drink hiccups which could have been avoided, she was impressed by the way this year’s edition had grown.
“This year, which is our second year of hosting the Miss Curvy Zimbabwe pageant, has been a success, as it has proved to be bigger and better than last year’s event,” she said.