The Herald (Harare)

9 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Markou Gears for Miss Earth Finals

A local beauty queen - Dimitra Markou - will represent Zimbabwe at this year's edition of Miss Earth pageant to be held in Manila, Philippines, on November 24.

The 18-year-old Petra High School student, said she was humbled by the honour of representing her country and would do everything she can to bring the accolade home.

"I will do my best to raise the country's flag high. As the winner of the Miss Earth Zimbabwe 2012, I will serve as ambassador for environmental protection campaigns countrywide, and do my best to create awareness of our environment, wildlife, natural resources and ultimately, the preservation of Mother Earth," she said.

As part of her project, the Bulawayo-based model started a recycling programme at her school and has travelled to other parts of the country planting trees and

promoting the use of environmental friendly solar cookers.

The Miss Earth Zimbabwe foundation is designed to draw attention to environmental issues and to encourage all Zimbabweans to embrace the idea of actively seeking ways to clean up the environment.

Miss Earth pageant was founded by Carousel Productions after the realisation that many people admire and aspire to be beauty queens, but had no idea how to embark on the journey.

Carousel Productions believed models would be a good and effective advocate of worthy causes.

To give life to this vision, the company organised and launched in 2001, the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, a beauty event whose main thrust was to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.

Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programmes, Miss Earth also aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations.

Every year, 80 to 90 contestants from all over the world compete on beauty and knowledge of environment.

The winner of the pageant will serve as the ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide. Markou will battle it out with 96 contestants vying for this

prestigious crown.

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