Windhoek — Miss Superface Africa Pageant comes way to Windhoek for the first time when the finale takes place here next May, and promises to expose models to the international world and market.
Miss Superface Africa Beauty Pageant is a brainchild of the founder director of the Superface Africa Pageants cc in partnership with the organisers of Miss All Schools Africa, which is Vitality Models Agency of Zimbabwe.
According to South African-based Director of Miss Superface, Mitchell Zondo, the pageant brings together young women from over 22 countries from all over Africa. The pageant is also finding its Namibian representatives for the event. Zondo adds that getting finalists in Namibia proved somewhat a challenge, especially moving from region to region for the casting and auditioning of potential models. "This is an all African beauty contest to compete with the best in the world like Miss World pageant. This will be the first international event, which will bring models of different age groups to participate in the same stage, and learn from each other," says Zondo.
The pageant will consist of three categories namely the juniors ages, 9-14, the teens 15-18 and the seniors from 19 - 27 years. He says due to lack of interaction of models of different age groups, the industry has witnessed African models diminishing in numbers over the years, and such an event also aims to bring African models back into the lime light, which he adds is vital. "What makes a model is to teach her from a young age so that when she grows up, she has got passion. It's better for them to start early so they can go far if they want to take it far, and this took a lot of months to search for models all over. We had over 600 young models all wanting to take part," he says.
Zondo goes on that there is still a need for proper modeling agencies where models can be taught basic of modeling, and keep up with the standards and see to the needs of potential models. "I believe in future and what we cannot see and looking on for tomorrow and what it is that we expect from this event in the near future. There are a lot of potential jobs for them out there, of course for those that are passionate and dedicated. This teaches them a lot of confidence as well," he says.
Zondo adds the pageant will be an annual cultural exchange among participating countries' models. International RnB Sensation, Joe Thomas, is expected to arrive in the country take part in the finale along with South African DJ, Zinhle, who is expected to take to the decks as part of the entertainment of the grand finale night at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.