4 July 2004

Zimbabwe: Beauties Clash in Miss Winter Strides

Bulawayo — Zimbabwe's premier and popular modelling agency, Strides Modelling Agency, is hosting a multiracial Miss Winter Strides in Bulawayo next Saturday, an event that has seen beauty queens from around the city and the entire Matabeleland region jostling for the top accolade.

The Miss Winter Strides, pencilled in for July 10 at the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, has attracted top South African actor Colin Moss, an Mnet 2003 Presenter of the programme Pop Idols. Moss was voted Sexiest man of the Year 2003 (Cosmo 2003), KTV Male Personality and made the Eligible Bachelors' list.

Several other personalities from Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe will grace the annual beauty pageant.

In an interview with Standard Plus, Strides Modelling Agency executive director, Sipho Mazibuko, said 20 beauty contestants had qualified for the weekend finals after tough and closely contested preliminary rounds.

"This year's competition has attracted a wider variety of contestants of which we are very proud. The finals certainly promise to be a memorable event, what with several personalities from across the region gracing the event," said Mazibuko.

The 20 beauty queens to battle it out on Saturday night comprise favourites Joana Scycyk and Thelma Frankis who are Supermodels, Lindsey Ndlovu (Superlegs) and Britney Denbury.

Other beauty queens include Feona Nyathi, Petra Maseko, Thelma Kombe, Suku Ncube, Saneliso Ncube, Nobuhle Ndlovu, Nombulelo Dube, Christina Dzadzino, Belinda Ndlovu, Juliet Leks, Sibongile Gumbo, Angela Swain, Mzwanele Mlilo, Zanele Mlilo and Brenda Mparadzi.

Meanwhile, Strides Modelling Agency will be hosting yet another function to raise funds for four-year-old Samantha Khumalo, who will be going for a heart surgery in South Africa. Samantha needs about R200 000 to enable her to undergo the life-saving operation.

She was born with a large hole in her heart on her atrio-ventricular canal which is causing chronic heart failure.

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