THE Miss Curvy Zimbabwe finale will for the first time be held in Zvishavane with organisers calling on the services of fast-rising commercial radio station – YA FM to help popularise the pageant there.
Fourteen contestants have been identified so far with pageant organisers hoping to travel to Bulawayo to scout for more curvaceous women here ahead of the finale on August 27. Four girls were selected from Rusape with some from Harare, Gweru and the host town among other cities.
Pageant organiser Mercy “Catwalk” Mushaninga said she was in Bulawayo two weeks ago, but was not impressed with the quality of contestants who attended auditions.
“Bulawayo is known as the home of curvaceous women. When I came there recently, I saw some women and they did not impress me compared to what I’ve seen there in previous years,” Mushaninga said.
“I know the city can give me more hence my decision to schedule another trip there soon.”
She said her hope was to have 16 models take to the ramp in Zvishavane although she is still looking for a venue in the mining town.
The finalists are expected to converge in Zvishavane late July for their three-week boot camp at what Mushaninga called a secret location.
“We’ve since secured a house that we’ve named The Curvy Mansion where the ladies will check in for their boot camp. During this period, they’ll participate in a lot of activities and will earn some marks which will be used on the day of the finale,” Mushaninga said.
She said the pageant, which was last held in 2014 where Sheila Chikengezha was crowned, was here to stay despite the economic challenges the country is facing.
“The pageant has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, although we’ve faced a lot of challenges along the way, especially financially. However, with resilience, the pageant has come to fruition and we’d like to thank all the sponsors that’ve come on board and also those who’re considering doing so,” said Mushaninga.