A NEW pageant, Miss Kasi, targeting raw talent in and around Bulawayo, is on the cards and is set for April, Southern Eye Lifestyle has established.
The inaugural event is the brainchild of model-cum-actor Jabulani Hove and the reigning Miss Nust 2014, Sibonginkosi Ncube.
The two have put out calls to all interested female models between the ages of 16 and 20 to take part in the inaugural show scheduled to take place in April.
Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview, Ncube said the pageant sought to celebrate young women who come from Bulawayo’s western suburbs.
“We are looking for young models from ekasi (the townships) and the pageant is about fresh, raw talent that is proud of its roots,” she said.
“We would like to groom and expose models to the industry, in doing so we will be working with Zimbabwe’s one and only super model Tholakele Dlamini.”
Ncube is a student at Nust, studying for a BSc honours degree in environmental science and health.
She was crowned Miss Nust in 2014 and in the same year became first princess for the Miss Professional Modelling contest which was hosted by Rotaract Club of Belmont.
“Shortly after I became a member of Rotaract, I adopted their motto ‘service before self’ hence I decided to give back by hosting this pageant,” said Ncube.
Co-founder of the pageant Hove has been modelling for three years. He appeared on Stitch magazine cover in 2013. He starred in the movie Fool’s Paradise. He is the face of Exposed Models Zimbabwe finalist for 2012.
Hove is signed with an international modelling agency, Model Management, based in Hamburg, Germany.
Founded by Heidi Gross in 1990, the agency has been one of the most successful in Germany since it opened its doors. It covers the entire range of high fashion and top commercial models.
Interested models are to inbox on the Miss Kasi Facebook page or call organisers directly.
Auditions are slated for a date to be advised and the models stand a chance to win prize money and a modelling contract, among other things.