Miss Universe Zimbabwe returns

Entertainment Reporter

Miss Universe Zimbabwe director Tendai Hunda has expressed satisfaction at the nation’s return to the renowned competition after a protracted absence.

The beauty pageant which makes a return after a hiatus of 21 years will be held on September 9.

And for the first time, MUZ welcome women under the age of 28 who are married, expecting, or already have children in all ten provinces of the nation.

Zimbabwe was given the go-ahead to host the contest on April 4, 2023. Together with Hildah Mabo, Hunda co-directs the Miss Zimbabwe Queen Organization. She claimed they felt compelled to campaign for Zimbabwe’s reinstatement in the Miss Universe competition.

“We have scheduled an introductory fundraising dinner for June 10 ahead of September 9, the date earmarked for the Miss Universe Zimbabwe pageant in Harare,” she said.

“The main purpose of the MUZ contest is to choose a Zimbabwean representative to appear at the Miss Universe stage in December in El Salvador, Central America. As you can imagine, holding the national competition to choose our delegate won’t be a simple task, thus we humbly ask for support from Government, the corporate sector, media and every other sector key to make this endeavour a success.”

This is an excellent chance for Zimbabwean ladies to shine, according to Hunda, who is also co-director of the Miss Zimbabwe Queen beauty pageant, which chooses participants to represent Zimbabwe at regional and international pageants like Miss Intercontinental Africa and Miss Top Model of the World.

“Good thing, the Miss Universe has opened doors to the young girls, married or not married, pregnant and those with children to take part. The age limit is 28. You can be married or actually be pregnant, even have kids and still be allowed to participate in the pageant.

“What is being said is there are young women who might have made mistakes but are really passionate about the industry and now they are being given that opportunity to go and flourish on the Miss Universe stage.

“By the way, I was crowned Miss Zimbabwe 2014 and represented Zimbabwe at the Miss World competition 2014 hosted in London, United Kingdom. I created a platform called Hundah, which today is one of Zimbabwe’s leading modelling agencies.

“As the Miss Zimbabwe Queen organisation, we realised that Zimbabwe was not being given a fair chance to participate on the Miss Universe global platform which claims to be an inclusive stage for the modelling and beauty industry.”

Hunda said against this background, she felt compelled to take on the challenge to have Zimbabwe reinstated to the Miss Universe competition, resulting in her acquiring the licence to host Miss Universe Zimbabwe.

“I am absolutely elated that Zimbabwe is about to end its protracted absence and resume its participation in the coveted Miss Universe pageant. One of the top four beauty pageants in the world, Miss Universe, is owned and operated by the Miss Universe Organisation in the United States.

“Simply by joining, its candidates are exposed to a variety of networking and employment prospects.

“This organisation exists to advocate for a future fashioned by women with the guts to push the boundaries of what is possible.

“We have engaged the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, key stakeholders in the successful hosting of this pageant as they are the custodians of our arts sector and youth empowerment.”

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