A BEVY of 20 models from Harare and Kariba yesterday converged in the resort town of Kariba for a boot camp ahead of the inaugural Face of Kariba 2015 pageant which is scheduled to be held at Kariba Country Club this weekend.
The pageant will be held under the theme Unveiling the Beauty of Kariba.
Event co-ordinator Alois Chimbangu told NewsDay the idea to launch the pageant came after realisation that many Kariba residents had a negative perception of modelling, which was usually associated with women of easy virtue.
“With this pageant, we seek to address the erroneous conception among Kariba residents about modelling. We want to conscientise them that modelling is also a profession that can bring food to the table so they must support their daughters who would want to venture into it,” Chimbangu said.
He said they had incorporated 10 models from Harare as a way of showing support to their counterparts in the resort town.
Chimbangu said preparations for the pageant are on course with everything now set for the grand finale.
“Preparations for the pageant have been gathering momentum and we are promising a red carpet event at the grand finale,” he said.
Chimbangu said proceeds from the pageant would be channelled towards funding the education of underprivileged children who are struggling to pay school fees.
“We have identified children from both primary and secondary school who are in need of assistance in terms of school fees and other relevant learning material whom we are going to help with the funds from the pageant,” he said.
He said apart from the modelling extravaganza, surprise acts are billed to perform at the pageant.
The local modelling sector has received criticism over the unprofessional conduct of some models.
In June this year, two of Miss Zimbabwe finalists, Hilda Mabu and Primrose Tshuma, were booted out of camp for allegedly violating rules of the pageant when they sneaked out of camp ahead of the grand finale.
Former model and founder of Zim Gossip Models agency, Mercy Mushaninga, said models were supposed to behave in a way that conserved local culture and morals instead of diverting from local etiquette practices.