IF prizes awarded to reigning Miss Zimbabwe, Thabiso Phiri, determined the outcome of her current ongoing preparations for Miss World, then she may perhaps be very close and indisputably the fitting contender to clinch the title in London, United Kingdom, on December 14.
Besides having already walked away with the fabulous Chevrolet Cruze, Phiri also acquired a fully-paid gym and fitness facility
worth $1 500, received jewelry worth $500, an Apple iPad and an Astro Phone, both valued at $1 500.
According to the beauty queen who is currently studying law at the University of Zimbabwe, $10 000 has already been deposited into her account and she has a manicure and pedicure voucher worth $1 500.
A (VVIP) medical cover worth $20 000 courtesy of Trauma Centre that also covers First Princess Tendai Hunda together with Second Princess Letwin Tiwaringe also complements Phiri’s prizes.
The dress that she will use for the Miss World Finals is being paid for by South African designer Spero Villiroti, hence she is due to travel to SA to have the measurements and final design done.
To add on to this buffet of prizes, Phiri will pocket £2 000 when she departs for London on November 19 before spending a month awaiting the grand finale of the world pageant on December 14.
However, winning this global event will entail much more than this as a number of personal attributes rather than optimism will play a pivotal role in the outcome.
In an interview with NewsDay after a Press conference held in Highlands, Harare, recently, Phiri was oozing with confidence and optimism, and said she was pleased with her preparations so far.
Last week, she travelled to Tanzania where she got the pleasure to represent Zimbabwe as an Ambassador for the Miss Zimbabwe Trust and the country at large.
“In Tanzania, I met diplomats and several other ministers, just to equip myself with more diplomatic skills in preparation for my ambassadorial roles,” she said.
“I am still learning a lot and life has completely changed since I was crowned Miss Zimbabwe. However, I am fully aware of the tough challenges that await me on this international stage, but I have been tirelessly polishing my act.”
Meanwhile, Phiri has ample time to prepare for the Miss World and has so far embarked on a cancer awareness campaign that has seen her assist Shingi Bushi, who recently successfully had his leg amputated.
Phiri said that this was part of her social responsibility meant to assist some of the cancer-stricken people in society and imparting knowledge on several non-communicable diseases.
“I am delighted that I have managed to embark on this cancer awareness campaign and I will be looking up to further it during the duration of my reign as queen and contribute something positive towards assisting society at my fullest capacity,” Phiri said.
In the meantime, Phiri has also announced that she has taken a sabbatical from her studies to fully undertake her ambassadorial roles and concentrate on preparing for the Miss World Finals.
“As a way of giving room to my ambassadorial role and reign as queen, I shall be taking temporary leave so as to concentrate fully on this and I will commence my studies soon after my reign ends,” she said.
“I am also delighted that my tuition fees for the remaining semesters will also be fully covered once I commence my education.”