Zimbabwean model shines in South Korea

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SIBONINKOSI Hove on Saturday shone at the World Miss Universities held in Seoul, South Korea.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The 21-year-old beauty was named first runner-up coming second to Miss Universities Mexico Karina Stephania Martin Jmenez.

She outshone 39 other queens drawn from across the world who were also vying for the coveted title.

In an interview with NewsDay from South Korea, Hove said she was happy to have made the nation proud.

“I am ecstatic as I always wanted to be substantial at such a world platform. When I got the chance I put my best effort and I am happy I have done it for the nation. All praises to God,” she said.

“I want to express gratitude to all Zimbabweans who voted for me on my profile and views on my YouTube video; I could not have done it without your votes.”

For emerging the first runner up, Hove was named the Hwacheon City Ambassador in Africa and won academic sponsorship worth 1 Million Yuan (US$165 300).

The World Miss Universities title went to Mexico while Brazil won the second princess and Ukraine settled for Miss Talent.

Hove is expected in the country today around 9pm.

Hove, an Africa University student, took the chance to represent the country after reigning queen Valerie Chingonzo and first princess Simbiso Mutandavari got tied up with examinations during the pageant’s preparatory period.

The World Miss University pageant seeks to promote world peace and was running under the theme “Peace Movement for the World’s Unification”.

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