Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson Mary Chiwenga claims an unnamed senior official in the modelling industry was duping models into posing nude
Chiwenga, who took over from the late Kiki Divaris as chairperson of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust four years ago, told the Daily News that the official was misleading Miss World Zimbabwe hopefuls into believing that nude pictures were among the requirements of the national pageant.
“Here we are trying to hold a pageant for the nation and some people are out there to get us. Tiri kuti tirikushanda isu tichishandwa. (We think we are doing work but its vise versa”) My dream is to have a scandal-free pageant but when people start operating like that how can we move forward?
“We will not reveal the name for legal purposes but the person sits on the modelling industry board,” she said.
In a separate interview, Miss World Zimbabwe scouting administrator Christine Matambo-Tavengwa revealed how they uncovered the despicable dealings of the unnamed official.
“We had a very beautiful girl come through and after all the measurements had been taken, it was time for her to sign the contract.
“When we got to the part of nude pictures she said she had a professional shoot taken. We then indicated that it was one of things that Miss World Zimbabwe could not be associated with and she was confused.
“The girl said her agent had specifically told her that it is a prerequisite of the national pageant to have nude shots in her portfolio. We then decided to call the agent and confront them. The sidekick actually told us that he had been told not to put the nude photos in the portfolios, instead the agent wanted them for personal use,” she said.
According to Chiwenga, there are people who are determined to bring down the national pageant.