PREPARATIONS for the first Miss Grand International Zimbabwe slated for Saturday at The Garden Restaurant, Bulawayo, are at an advanced stage, an official said yesterday.
The pageant comes in after former Miss Zimbabwe Tourism Zimbabwe Samantha Tshuma was granted a licence to hold the pageant in Zimbabwe.
Sixteen young and beautiful models from different provinces in Zimbabwe are lined up to showcase their talent and beauty on the ramp.
Chris Vukani, the public relations officer of the pageant, confirmed the developments.
“Preparations are at an advanced stage and we are looking at the best young woman to represent the country at the world final in Thailand,” he said.
Miss Grand International will focus on bringing to the world a culturally diverse, but unified message of peace through modelling.
The pageant organisers will work with the National Youth Council. Several sponsors are lined up to bankroll the event.
“There are going to be three major categories, the swim wear, cocktail wear and the corporate wear where models will be dressed by our corporate partners,” Tshuma said.
Natasha Sibanda who is leading the girls in rehearsals and has been with them in camp for a week now said they were not looking for a pretty face, but a pretty intelligent girl with a business mind.
“The girls have been amazing so far and easy to work with and manage, I hope it stays this way,” she added.
The winner of the pageant will go on to represent the country at the Miss Grand International World Finals in Thailand in November.
The pageant organisers have also embarked on a “Stop the War” campaign as they aim to deliver a message of freedom and harmony.