ORGANISERS of the inaugural Miss Plus-Size Zimbabwe that seeks to celebrate well-endowed women, contrary to standard pageants targeted at tall and slim women, yesterday said they would hold their final national auditions on October 6 ahead of the finals set for November 23 in Chisipite, Harare.
BY ANESU MUSHAWATU
The pageant, which failed to kick-off last year due to lack of resources, will be held under the theme Emancipation of the Plus-Size Model.
Miss Plus Size Zimbabwe Trust director Nilton Makazhu said the pageant was meant to raise awareness of the beauty of plus-size women.
“The pageant is all about the emancipation of the plus-size model and to show that the plus-size model can equally be a commercial marketing brand just like the slender models,” he said.
“We want to show that beauty comes in all sizes and shapes and change social views against the so-called fat women as well as raise awareness against gender violence.”
Makazhu said they had covered all the logistics and the event outline was in place, adding they were now left with implementation of the outlined strategies.
“The organising committee is currently working with local business and individuals to participate in the pageant, and we are also open to having even more brands to partner with us and make this event more spectacular,” he said.
Makazhu said they currentlty have 10 models from Bulawayo and Mutare, but were expecting 30 girls to get into the bootcamp.
The ultimate winner at the finals will walk away with cash prizes and will represent Zimbabwe at the Miss Plus-Size Universe to be held in Trinidad and Tobago later this year and the Miss Curvy Ultimate World, which is scheduled for Zambia early next year.
Afro-jazz songbird Faith Candy will provide entertainment at the nation finals event.