Harare — ZIMBABWEAN model Ropafadzai Garise was recently crowned the inaugural Miss Global International 2006 at a pageant held at Pegasus Hotel in Jamaica.
The 20-year-old local beauty outshone a bevy of other contestants drawn from Europe, the United States, Asia and the Caribbean.
In an interview from her base in the United Kingdom, Garise said she was thrilled to land the coveted crown.
"I am excited. It was a tightly contested competition since it was the first time for the pageant organisers to host the Miss Global International.
"However, I was very confident that I would win the crown since I had been a title holder before in numerous other pageants."
Garise also expressed pride in being Zimbabwean and the fact that it was one of those rare occasions where Zimbabwe shines at international pageants.
Her career on the ramp started at a tender age when she used to take part in modelling contests in primary school. But doors started opening up for her when she moved to the UK in 2003.
A year later, Garise was crowned Miss African and Caribbean UK.
She then took part in the Miss Zimbabwe UK and Commonwealth pageants where she was adjudged the best African queen living abroad.
Last year, Garise was selected to represent Zimbabwe in Turkey for the Miss Bikini Model of the Universe.
It was while she was competing in the Miss Caribbean contest that she met Jostina Mutale, organiser of the Miss Zambia National Beauty Contest who recommended her for the Miss Global International pageant.
Although Garise is studying for a BSc Degree in Accounting and Finance, it seems modelling has become her real calling.
She said she would be coming home next week courtesy of her sponsors Air Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.