New pageant on cards

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ASPIRING models will have a chance to walk on the ramp courtesy of a new pageant, Miss Zimbabwe Grand, which is targeting ladies from all the country’s provinces.

The pageant runs under the banner of ‘beauty with a purpose’ and will see models being rewarded for their role in charity.

Award-winning model Pauline Marere, who is the national director and spokesperson, told the Daily News that they are looking at staging the grand finale on August 1.

Winners of the pageant will have an opportunity to represent the country at the Grand International in Venezuela and the first and second princesses will take part at the Miss Pan African pageant in Ghana.

She said currently they are holding auditions in various provinces and they will select 10 models from each province that will be representing their region at the finals.

“This is a beauty with purpose pageant. We are targeting women who will have an impact in their societies and having projects that will change lives,” she said.

Also lined up is a fashion show through which the models would interact with fashion designers in front of judges.

“We are currently having auditions and we have set July 25 as the boot camp ahead of the grand finale on August 1. On July 30, the ladies will have an opportunity to be in front of judges at a fashion show where fashion designers will exhibit,” she said.

Miss Harare Grand organisers said they are coming in with a different concept from other pageants.

“We are open to embracing all women unlike other pageants that put emphasis on things such as beauty and height. We are very accommodative and want to groom models who will deliver in their communities,” she said.

They will also donate a share of the proceeds to charity.

“Last year we held the Miss Harare Grand and its success resulted in ladies in other provinces calling for inclusion, hence this new venture. Our focus is that next year we will have Miss Africa Grand. In line with our vision last year’s proceeds went towards helping Domboshava Children’s Home.”

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