Esther Ncube was on Tuesday night crowned Miss Lupane State University (LSU) at the institution’s inaugural pageant held at a Bulawayo hotel.
Ncube beat seven other contestants to land the coveted crown. She shrugged off stiff competition from first princess Nomsa Mhlope and second princess Vongai Mhangwe.
Nozithelo Ncube was crowned Miss Personality.
The models showed off their casual, Afrocentric, vintage, cocktail and evening wear.
Ncube was clearly the crowd favourite judging by the thunderous cheers she attracted from the LSU students every time her name was called out and when she took to the ramp.
Dance group Sbujwa’s Finest thrilled fans with their flexibility and well-choreographed dances.
They were followed by Zima award winner Mzoe 7 who gave an electrifying performance.
Mzoe 7 performed songs such as Kwasa Kwasa and Peter peter Pan Pan before he gave way to Trust Madolo who got the crowd its their feet with the hit song Bhachi.
LSU student representative council chairman Denzel Mpamhadzi described the pageant as a success.
“I was pleased with the proceedings at the modelling contest,” he said.
“People came in their numbers considering this is our first time hosting the pageant and despite the fact that it was held during the week.
“I believe the new Miss LSU deserved the crown.”
Mpamhadzi said the pageant was not only designed for the models to show off their beauty and brains, but to assist the underprivileged at the university.
“We have students that are not able to pay their school fees and as the SRC we decided to help,” he said.
“Some of the funds will go towards paying for their school fees and other needs.”
The newly crowned Miss LSU said she expected to win and was determined to go home with the crown.
“I am so excited about winning,” she said. “It was tough, but I am glad I made it.
“Our choreographers were strict, but they were good. I was confident in myself and refused to go home without the crown.”