Morale is still high within the Miss Carnival camp just a day before the grand finale at the Harare International Conference Centre. The models certainly have a lot to look forward to as the promised prizes are highly lucrative. A whooping $20 000
prize money is up for grabs for the Carnival Queen while the First Princess will pocket $10 000 and $5 000 for the Second Princess.
Speaking during a tour of Paroots Restaurant, which specialises in traditional dishes, some of the models said the event was a lifetime opportunity to explore Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions. “I feel honoured to be a part of such a wonderful event,” said an elated Sibosinkosi Hove (23) from Manicaland, adding, “For me it is a personal achievement to be able to tell the Zimbabwean story.” The models toured the restaurant to sample some traditional dishes which make up a healthy diet.
Another model from Harare, Praise Chigama, (23) said being part of such an event was a milestone.
Gamuchirai Kujeke, who is the youngest among the bevy of beauties at only 18 years, said the pageant was a dream come true for her as she has gained a lot of confidence and does not feel that her age is a disadvantage. “Making it to the finals of the Miss Carnival has been a dream come true for me,” she said.
Organisers of the event ZimGossip Modelling Agency say the girls were very excited and raring to go. “The morale is just very high among the girls and for most of them it is their first time to enter such a prestigious pageant,“ said ZimGossip founder Mercy “Catwalk” Mushaninga.
She said preparations were well on course and promised a thrilling event. “It about that time Zimbabwe had a good pageant since the extinction of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant. So this actually a treat they have been waiting for,” she said.
Mercy said there would be a carnival fashion show on May 19 along First Street Mall. The show is meant to promote and showcase several carnival outfits and get people to understand the concept of carnival. “A lot of people do not fully appreciate or understand what is involved in carnivals or what to wear so the show is meant to show people the various outfits they can wear,” she said. The Miss Carnival pageant marks the beginning of Harare International Carnival Week running under the theme “Celebrating Our Diversity” and is organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
Macdonald Mudzaki Arts Correspondent