By Zekey M Pande
The daughter to football legend and former Zimbabwe National team coach Callisto Pasuwa has won the inaugural Miss Zim-China beauty pegeant held in the Asian country on Saturday.
The 24 year old Callistus Pasuwa shrugged of competition from twelve other sharp contestants to land the title.A Public Relations international student from Harare and studying at Beijing Politics Youth University was apprehensive as she did not want to be judged because of her father's celebrity status but to be judged on merit.
"I was afraid that people will think I won because of my father. But I just had to be courageous be my own person and win on merit," she said in an interview soon after she was crowned as the first ever Miss Zim-China.
The beauty queens were drawn from various institutions of higher learning in China.
The 1st runner up was 21 year old Tadiwa Zivanai from Harare and a law student at Anhui Xinhua University who just been in China for about three weeks. She said, “I can’t believe I’ve won this position just few weeks in China. It shows my future is bright.”
Juliana Mahofa (25) from Masvingo and a final year Electrical Engineering and Automation student at University of Jinan was the 2nd runner up.
Whilst 24 year old Stellah Mandaza from Harare was Miss Personality and the title was undisputed as she just made everyone happy with her ever bubbly personality.
Event organizers intimated that the idea to host the pageant was mooted following a growing number of Zimbabweans in China and an increased need for social gatherings.
The Miss Zim-China was organized by JT Entertainment and Greater Scarlet Heights, both Zimbabwe owned and sponsored by Zimbabwe business people based in China.
The beauty queens were chosen based on traditional wear, casual wear, evening wear and a 30% public vote.
One of the co-organizers of the Miss Zim-China and JT founder James Nyakudanga said the event was done to celebrate being Zimbabwean in China.
"We have been here (In China) for a very long time and we have been attending African events and we celebrate Africa but we just wanted Zimbabwe to go on the spotlight despite whatever people say.
"We want to show people that as Zimbabweans we are beautiful and to reveal the beauty of Zimbabwe in China," he said.
Turning to the contestants he said, "All the contestants were beautiful in their own way. The event revealed how diverse and beautiful Zimbabwe is. The event was a success with many participants. And we would like to thank our publicist Zekey Media and other stakeholders in partnering with us."
Mr Ricado Hwasheni of Greater Scarlet Heights was highly grateful to partner with JT in bringing this event to life and he describes him as being very professional and made work so easy. “I am proud of being Zimbabwean and would like to thank the Zimbabwe community and other nationalities that came to support us,” he said. “We plan to make it an annual thing and hopefully next year it’s going to be even better." He went on to thank the sponsors for their involvement in this history making. The guest of honor was Mr Gary Kashitiku of the Zimbabwean embassy in Beijing. Congratulations to all the participants and winners and to the three judges from Zimbabwe, Liberia and France for a job well-done.
Photos by Prism Photograghy for Zekey Media.