LOCAL beauty model, Charity Chaukira (19) was on a Thursday night crowned the new Miss Zim-Zambia during the much-hyped fiffth edition of the prestigious pageant held at Private Lounge, Harare, but lacked the glitz and glamour associated with beauty contests of such magnitude.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Chaukira — from Size 4 Modelling Agency — took over the crown from another Zimbabwean beauty, Francina Katuruza, in a show that was marred by logistical blunders that saw it stretching to 1:30am on Friday.
Emily Limpic (20) from Zambia was crowned the first princess with Zimbabwean Nyaradzo Basopo (21) being voted the second princess and Namakau Kayombo from Zambia being named Miss Congeniality.
There were high expectations ahead of the pageant since it featured two nations, but those in attendance had their patience stretched into the wee hours of the following day.
There was no guest of honour at the pageant. The pain from the technical blunders, however, was soothed by the scintillating performance by pole dancer Zoey Sifelani and comic dancer Apama who both put up a memorable show.
The duo’s separate performances brought life to the venue, as patrons could be heard screaming in appreciation of the well-choreographed dance routines that left many clamouring for more.
The organisers said the pageant was mostly about catwalk or runaway modelling opposed to stick pageant modelling styles.
Speaking to NewsDay ahead of the pageant, an official, Wilbert Rukato said about 30 models would showcase their magnificent looks and intelligence on the ramp, however, only 16 bevies of contested.
Speaking to this publication soon after her crowning as the queen, Chaukira said she did not expect that she will land the crown.
“I am happy to be crowned the queen I did not expect that I will make it as it was my first time to participate in such a big pageant,” Chaukira said.
The judging panel was made up of Loise Majengwa, Calvin Mavunga, the chief judge, Walter Chiremba and Patience Tafirenyika from Zimbabwe assisted by John Landa from Zambia, who was the deputy chief judge.
This is the second time the pageant — running under the theme “Natural Beauty is Glamorous” — is held in Zimbabwe under the watch of Unathi Model Agency of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Size 4 Agency and Devine Assignments.