The Miss Earth Zimbabwe pageant has launched an online photogenic contest for the 14 finalists ahead of finals to be held in Bulawayo on September 13.
Thandekile Muringa, the national director of the pageant said the competition would be done across all social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The contestant with the highest interaction online would win the Miss Photogenic title.
Muringa said voting would close on September 13 at 7pm.
Voters stand a chance to win a cosmetic product from Langa Cosmetics, the sponsors.
Muringa said preparations for the pageant were in full swing with the selection of contestants already complete.
“We started the selection of our finalists in April.
“We received over 100 applications but only selected 25 semifinalists.
“The selection criteria was that the young women had to be pursuing a tertiary qualification or have completed one, be between the ages of 18 to 25, never have been married or given birth and have a proven passion for environmental awareness,” she said.
“The 25 semi-finalists went through a rigorous interview process with Zororo Makamba of ZiFM, Norma Ndove of Pearls Heels and Dreams as well as Zanele Mhlaba founding editor of Induna Magazine.
“Fourteen finalists were selected and the 14 were tasked to come up with environmental projects that would benefit their communities.
“This environmental project will contribute towards the women’s final scores.
“We will also be running an online photogenic contest sponsored by Langa Cosmetics and will have biweekly give aways to the audience that votes.”
The top 14 contestants are Sharon Andrew, Sandiswe Bhule, Mildred Chakwenya, Nokwazi Chikanya, Samantha Gomora, Lebogang Makola, Tariro Marume, Farayi Matare, Sharon Matewa, Nomusa Nyathi, Violet Nyenge, Nothabo Simela, Nontuthuzelo Sisale and Chipo Tsamba.
The international Miss Earth pageant was founded in 2000 in the Philippines.
Zimbabwe began active participation in 2011 and has sent three finalists with one emerging as a top – eight contestant in the world.
The finalists will arrive in Bulawayo on September 5 and participate in various activities across Matabeleland until the day of the pageant
Reigning Miss Earth Zimabwe, Samantha Dika, along and runner – up Baye Pigors will crown the winners.
The winner of the Miss Earth Zimbabwe will represent Zimbabwe at the Miss Earth pageant to be held in Asia in November.