Melissa Chaka: Beauty with brains

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AN old saying goes, if you do not succeed the first time, keep trying until you get it right.

REPORT BY SINDISO DUBE

This best describes the newly-crowned Miss Bulawayo, Melissa Chaka, who after not making it before at the Miss Bulawayo 2010, Miss Southern Africa 2010 and Miss Zimbabwe Carnival 2013, bounced back to snatch the crown this year.

Her dreams came true last Saturday when she beat 21 other contestants to land the coveted title.

The curvy beauty opened up to Southern Eye, sharing her experience and journey to become Bulawayo’s hottest girl for 2013.

Melissa believes modelling runs in her family as her aunt was crowned Miss Kwekwe 18 years ago.

“I fell in love with modelling at the age of 18 and I believe it was something which ran in the family as I was told that my aunt was crowned Miss Kwekwe 1995,” the 22-year-old said.

But as the new Miss Bulawayo, Melissa will have to contend with the publicity that comes with the job, as she describes herself as a reserved girl.

“I have always been a reserved person who does not want to be out in public and was kept away from the public by school, exams and of course, my job since I work from 7am to 7pm,” she said.

“You would only see me at fashion shows.”

Like many other models, Melissa had problems telling her family that she had chosen modelling as a career, as they thought that she could find something better.

But who could say no to such beauty? She convinced her family, who are now her biggest supporters.

“I had problems in the beginning, but my family finally accepted that modelling was what I love doing and I thank my family for supporting me and especially my dad who comes to see me every time,” she gushed.

“I perform and he is the one who takes care of my wardrobe.”

The new Miss Bulawayo has brains too. She is studying towards a human resources certificate.

For now she is still basking in the glory of winning the pageant before she starts preparations for the big one, Miss Zimbabwe 2013.