Low turnout at Miss Zim
By Own Correspondent
After months of silence, organisers of the country’s prestigious beauty pageant Miss World Zimbabwe on Tuesday commenced the final search of aspiring models to represent the nation at the forthcoming 66th addition of Miss World pageant set for December 20 in United States of America.
There was however a low turnout at the trustee’s offices in Harare with about 12 girls coming for the auditions.
The call for all the scouted and aspiring models to attend the final selection is however, not a guarantee that Zimbabwe will send a contestant to the prestigious pageant as the organisers are yet to make up their minds on the grand finale date.
Miss Zimbabwe Trust spokesperson Tendai Chirau said; “The date of the pageant will only be known after our final selection in Harare and Bulawayo with our chair Marry Chiwenga having the ultimate say.
“We want to do the best that will include serious background checks and if we do not get the girls who meet the required standard, there is no reason to go ahead and waste resources, we would rather not have the pageant.”
Miss Zimbabwe Trust, the local licence holders of Miss World pageant seem to be in a dilemma to host the pageant calling for support from members of the public, to help in bringing a girl of virtue whom they think can win title standing a chance to pocket $2 000.
“The Miss World deadline is not cast in stone. We can submit the names of our representatives after the deadline. I want to assure the nation that once we have the correct contestants, the boot camp will be announced although it might be a short of about two weeks,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Miss World Organization the pre-pageant activities will commence on November 29, with departures scheduled for December 21, 2016.
The contestants will be judged on the basis of various fast-track events, like Top Model, Talent, Multimedia, Sports, Beauty with a Purpose and Resort Wear.
The outgoing queen Mireia Lalaguna of Spain will crown her successor at the end of the coronation night.
The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia has co-chaired the pageant.
Venezuela is the most successful country at Miss World pageant with six crowns, followed by India and United Kingdom with five crowns each.