Miss ZOU Harare crowned
13 March 2017
AN accounting student, Vimbai Munyoro, was crowned the first Miss ZOU Harare at Century Towers on Saturday.
Vimbai did not only take the crown home but she also got a beauty hamper and fees for her next semester paid in full courtesy of the authorities.
“This was my first time participating in a pageant and I am only discovering now that I am that good.
“When we started out, I could never have guessed but all thanks to Mary Yuki Mundeya for showing me the way it’s done.
“I owe it all to her, I could not have done it alone,” Vimbai said.
Charity Mahombera claimed the first princess spot, Nancy Dzviti settled for second princess while Leerose Maponga was named Miss Personality. The princesses got a percentage of their fees paid off.
The judges for the event included Miss UZ organiser, who has been organising pageants since he was 14, Hillary Gwaringesu who was joined by Melody Mabika, Rachelle Chaminuka, Tammy Muchesa and Tinashe Marodza.
“We were looking at models’ interpretation of looks assigned to them, how they were engaging the judges, walk and confidence.
“Basically it was interpretation of categories, how they adhered to the judges’ requirements, most lacked eye contact and resorted to looking at the audience instead,”Rgwaringesu told H-Metro.
The event included a fashion show which the models participated in and a celebrity category in which they imitated their favourite icon’s dressing and walked in front of the judges.
The celebrity category light the room with laughter with funny imitations of Paraffin, Paul Matavire, Dudu Manhenga, Jah Prayzah, to mention but a few.
Renaissance of Sophia Town, a collection by Melusi Nhengu’s Hlanya NgeFeshini is said to have been brought to life by the well trained models, who were groomed by Mundeya before the pageant.
“The collection was inspired by movement and the likes of Miriam Makeba who shaped my childhood having grown up in Bulawayo.
“I have a strong interest in theatre and I prefer storytelling through stitches and fabric instead of pen and paper.
“My works are aimed at bringing music and theatre into fashion and also to inspire other students to showcase their talent outside of academics,” Nhengu said.
Poet Tinashe Muchuri sent the crowd into a frenzy with his “Sarurawako”poem and childhood song that the audience sang along to after he presented his whistle song entitled Kasinamazwi.
To honour the HIV and AIDS theme, Tallence Sanyangowe presented a speech and the act, I am ZOU.
The event was a success and the newly crowned queen will be representing Harare and Chitungwiza at the Miss ZOU national competition, which is slated for August in Mutare.
“The show was better than we expected despite it being the first time hosting such a pageant,” Campus Culture spokesperson Rudo Katsvara said.
Guest of honour, Professor Chakuchichi, who is also director of student management presented the prizes and said he was proud for the Student Representative board’s effort in organising such an event.