TWENTY-ONE contestants have been short-listed for the Matabeleland version of Mr and Miss Professional pageant whose finals have been slated for Bulawayo early next month.
The auditions for the peagant were held on Saturday in which 16 female contestants and five male contestants were chosen out of 37 contestants to go through to the finals.
The event, aimed at providing a stepping stone for young professionals, was organised by the Rotaract Club of Belmont.
The finals are pencilled for April 5 at the Bulawayo Theatre.
Zwikomborero Chikore, the Rotaract Club service director, said the auditions for the pageant were successful.
“The response we attained was overwhelming and the contestants were enthusiastic. We are happy that this event will raise funds for our community service projects, this year the proceeds of this event will go to Johns male Children’s home in Bulawayo” Chikore said.
The event, which is organised every year, was initiated by the Rotarian former president Abrahim Esat in 2011.
The first pageant saw Valerie Chingonzo walking away with the title Miss Professional. Valerie later bagged the title Miss Universities in 2013.
The modelling show will see the models competing for two crowns in different age categories.
“Youths aged between 18 and 30 will contest for the two crowns. I urge members of the public to come in their numbers to support this event,” Chikore said.
The Bulawayo Board of Designers is one of the organisations that have supported the event and would provide clothing for the finalists. Ricky Nathanson of Ricochet Modelling Agency will groom the contestants for the pageant.
Mbo Mahocs and Willis Watafi will be the masters of ceremony.