THE Miss Zimbabwe Trust confirmed Friday that reigning Miss Zimbabwe, Thabiso Phiri, had stepped down due to "peculiar and personal" reasons which were however not clarified.
Trust chairperson Mary Chiwenga said the reasons for the 22 year-old university law student's resignation were "a prerequisite to both the Miss Zimbabwe and the Miss World pageants".
Thabiso is understood to have volunteered the information which necessitated her stepping down to the Trust.
Chiwenga would not add further details saying Thabiso has asked for privacy.
In its statement, the Trust said: "Due to circumstances unforeseen at the time of the holding of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant on the 14th of June 2014 and which circumstances are peculiar and personal to the winner of the pageant Miss Thabiso Phiri, it has become imperative after her disclosure of the said circumstances that she steps down as Miss Zimbabwe.
"It must be emphasised that the decision by Miss Thabiso Phiri to step down is personal to her and no duress or undue influence has been brought to bear upon her in making this decision.
"While the Miss Zimbabwe Trust regrets this turn of events after putting so much resources into the event leading to her being chosen as Miss Zimbabwe, the circumstances leading to (Thabiso's) stepping down are a prerequisite to both Miss Zimbabwe and Miss World pageants.
"Miss Zimbabwe Trust thanks Miss Thabiso Phiri for her voluntary disclosure of the said facts and circumstances.
"The trust is making all efforts at this time to make a natural replacement of Miss Thabiso Phiri who shall represent Zimbabwe in London at the Miss World pageant.
"Miss Phiri has asked for privacy at this time and hopefully this shall be observed by all and sundry in order for her dignity to be respected."
Thabiso is likely to be replaced by first princess Tendai Hunda.