HARARE – Organisers of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant have moved the date of the finals to August 16 from July 26 and have opened the door for more girls to pitch up for castings.
Mary Chiwenga, chairperson of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, sought permission from Miss World organisers for an extension which was duly granted.
“There are several reasons why we are moving the date,” said Chiwenga.
“We want to produce a quality event and we need the time.
“After realising that we could not meet this deadline if we were going to host a proper event, we asked for an exemption. Julia Morley, the chairperson of the Miss World Organisation kindly granted us an exemption.”
Miss Zimbabwe organisers have roped in a South Africa-based designer to create gowns for the girls who will participate in the August 16 finals.
“We hired the services of Zimbabwean-raised designer Spiro Villoti who is now based in South Africa and owns a design school there. He needs measurements for all the girls in order to make their different gowns so this takes time.
“It is one of the reasons why we had to move the date. I know Spiro personally and I have modelled in his work he is worth it,” she said.
Despite most provincial competitions having been held on June 22, Chiwenga appears unhappy with the quality of the models who have qualified for the Miss Zimbabwe finals.
“I cannot say that I am truly pleased with the girls we have so far, the licence holders are still submitting photos.
“They know the requirements we want and if their girls do not meet the set standards they will not be able to pull through boot camp.
“We are calling on those that feel that they have what it takes to come through so that we hold castings. We will give them a wild card entry,” she said.
Girls keen to take part in Miss Zimbabwe should have a minimum of height of 1,72 metres and a hip size of 99 centimetres and below.
The aspiring models should not exceed a weight of 60 kilogrammes.