MISS Summer Zimbabwe makes its return tomorrow, after a two-year sabbatical with a bevy of 20 beauties expected to walk the ramp in the battle for the pageant’s crown at Private Lounge in Harare.
BY ARTS REPORTER
Although the pageant was initially meant to bounce back on December 10, organisers were forced to defer it, as the date coincided with the funeral of the late modelling godmother, Kiki Divaris, who died on December 5.
The pageant will be held under the theme Celebrating Summer with Glitz and Glamour.
Speaking to NewsDay, pageant spokesperson, Wilbert Rukato of Size4 Modelling Agency, said 20 models drawn from Harare, Kwekwe, Bulawayo, Kadoma and Mutare would take part, alongside 10 male models that will be competing for the first time in the pageant in a side-contest dubbed Mr Cool 2015.
“It is going to be a show of glitz and glamour, as Miss Summer Zimbabwe makes its return on Thursday after a two-year break,” Rukato said.
“Categories at the pageant will include slinky summer attire, summer-flavoured ethnic wear and cocktail-type evening dress.”
Rukato said apart from the modelling extravaganza, revellers will be entertained by urban groovers, Taurai Mandebvu, of the Better Man fame and Trevor Dongo, among other guest artistes, while on the turn tables will be wheel spinners DJ J&D, Huey and DelRoy.
The pageant was founded as Miss Summer Queen in Harare in November 1998, as a partnership between Size4 and Samwil Promotions before being rebranded to Miss Summer Zimbabwe.
The inaugural queen, Sharon Snowden, went on to do modelling work in Europe and South Africa, where she did well. Other models to emerge from the inaugural pageant include former Miss Zimbabwe, Phoebe Monjane and top model Connie Moyo.