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Miss Teen Zimbabwe makes world top 15

By Tafadzwa Zimoyo

REIGNING Miss Teen Zimbabwe Nadine Hahn who finished in the top 15 at the Miss Teen World pageant which was recently held in Texas, United States, returned home early this week.

The 19-year-old was among other models from Canada, South Africa, Guyana, Phillipians, Namibia, Mexico, United States and Vietnam.

But the lanky young woman missed the final cut as Anastacia Sidiropoulo, from Greece scooped the glamorous prize at a glitzy contest that saw 30 teenage models taking part.

The first runner-up was Miss Teen Canada, Channing Smendziuk. South African Ti-amore Foune was voted second princess. Miss Personality went to the Mexican teen who received the loudest cheers from the fully packed hotel.

Nadine, who wore an African designer dress emblazoned with Zimbabwean national flag colours by top designer Joyce Chimanye, oozed with cool confidence during the question and answer segment.

“If I were to come to Zimbabwe for 24 hours where would you take me?” one judge asked.

“Firstly, I would introduce you to our staple food, sadza with some traditional vegetables, then I would take you to a nearby tourist destination in the country where you will learn and witness the Zimbabwean culture,” she replied.

Nadine received hampers from the Miss Teen World organisations as part of her prizes for making it to the top 15. She said she was now focusing on charity work which benefits teens.

“I will not quit modelling. I will see how best I can help to reduce teen pregnancies and drug abuse in Zimbabwe,” she said.

Nadine is yet to receive her Nissan March vehicle and US$1 000 cash that she won two months ago for winning the Miss Teen Zim contest. However, organisers said the prizes would be presented to Nadine at a later date.

Last year, Taylor Robertson of South Africa model won the Miss Teen World title and she received a US$5 000 scholarship courtesy of the organisers.