Zimbabweans are known for their amazing support when it comes to cheering on one of them on an international stage. December would have been a great month of cheer especially to those who support beauty pageants but unfortunately once again Zimbabwe was left out on grand stages.
Zimbabwe was not at the Miss Universe 2019 where South Africa won and again was absent from Miss World 2019 held in London where Miss Jamaica won. Many are wondering why so? Well, it all goes back to the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe. Mind you Zimbabwe's mess dates back decades and as such no sector was left unharmed.
The last Miss Universe Zimbabwe was Tsungai Muswerakuenda who represented Zimbabwe in 2001. Her term expired in March 2002 and since then there is no title holder.
Miss Zimbabwe now known as Miss World Zimbabwe after name change in 2017, did not take place this year after a postponement. The 2019 edition was scheduled for July, however, was postponed to September and eventually cancelled. The organisers were quoted in local media saying that the pageant was cancelled due to economic problems in the country. The Miss World Zimbabwe administrator Christine Matambo said, "...the queen is the people's representative, so when the people are crying, she must be crying with them."
Currently Miss World Zimbabwe is Belinda Potts who won in 2018. Even though her term in office was extended due to the pageant's cancellation, she did not represent Zimbabwe at the recently held Miss World 2019 in London as she had represented Zimbabwe in the Miss World 2018 held in China.
INTERESTING NOTE: In 2016 Miss Zimbabwe was postponed when organisers said that they had not found beautiful girls to represent the country as all girls who auditioned were 'UGLY'.