UNITED KINGDOM – The 13th Miss Zimbabwe-UK final, running under the banner of Youth Empowerment, takes place on Saturday in Leicester with 15 contestants based in the UK vying for the crown.
Themed “A 4-star Dinner, Culture and Crowning Night Affair” the event will see guests being treated to Zimbabwean entertainment.
Contestants come from a diverse cultural and societal background with a common cause – uniting Zimbabweans in the UK priding themselves in their culture.
The coordinator Simbarashe Nyanhanga said “the pageant is not just about walking the models on the runway. Our theme and objective is to celebrate our Zimbabwean heritage, exhibition of talent both from the competitors and invited artistes as well crown the representative of Zimbabwean beauty here.”
“Preparations are well and in order and we are excited. The community support has been tremendous and this year will indeed be legendary.
“Our only lamentation is the domicile Zimbabwean corporate world’s attitude to supporting this community initiative. We hope someday we will be able to reconcile that side of the relationship.”
The pageant has attracted distinguished judges in the likes of multi-award-winning actress and patron Demitria Karongah as the head judge.
She leads a team made up of former Miss Zimbabwe Karen Stally, Love Jones, Blessing Rufaro, who mentored Brita Masalethulini (former Miss Malaika), award-winning actor Ashley Majaya and Miss Ghana-UK 2014 Eloise Anima Dickens.
The head judge and patron of the Miss Zimbabwe-UK passionately spoke about this event.
“Being a Zimbabwean that has seen the ups and downs of the community, passionate about my heritage and a mother seeing the Diaspora challenges, it was an honour when Simba approached me three years ago to contribute to the pageant.
“The rest is what you all see and will see. I am proud to be appointed the head judge and believe the diversity in the bench I presided in electing will create a standing legacy. I cannot wait for the judgment day,” said Karongah.
Venue: Hinkley Island Hotel, Watling Street, Leicester
Postcode: LE10 3JA