Harare — As the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe grand finale nears, Masvingo, Mashonaland West and Harare selected their national final representatives over the weekend.
Nineteen-year-old Nyarai Yotamu was crowned Miss Mashonaland West Province while Michelle Saudan is the new queen of the capital ahead of the finals to be held on December 15. Yotamu shook off stiff competition from the first princess Trish Nyirenda and Nyasha Mhute, who emerged second princess.
Yotamu exuded confidence in her strides and response to questions from the judges to claim the title ahead of 12 other contestants. The beauty showcase ran under the theme "Mashonaland West, Celebrating the Essence of Beauty with Purpose" and Chinhoyi-Makonde Senator Douglas Mombeshora was the guest of honour. He urged people to have keen interest in the country's tourism and help preserve and conserve it.
In Harare, Saudan was crowned queen ahead of Vimbai Samkange and Vanessa Sibanda, who were adjudged first and second princesses respectively. Saudan pocketed a whopping $1 billion, 500 litres of fuel courtesy of Comoil and a sunset cruise courtesy of UTG as well as a holiday for two in Victoria Falls plus return air tickets. Samkange received $550 million, 350 litres of fuel, a sunset cruise as well as a holiday in Kariba while Sibanda got $350 million and 150 litres of fuel, among a host of prizes.
Miss Personality Natalie Kadzviti walked away with $250 million as well as 100 litres of fuel. These four plus Angeline Hofa and Simone Ramjee will represent Harare in the finals.