Zimbabwe based beauty, Gamu Maziva has been crowned Miss February winner in a fiercely contested round in the ongoing online pageant, Face of Zimbabwe.
The February contest, probably one of the most competitive in the history of the pageant saw a fierce light-hearted battle between crowd favourite Gamu and another front-runner, Shamiso Chifokoyo on why they deserved to win the coveted spot.
In a bid to win public affection, contestants shared details of their charity engagements, received corporate endorsements and ‘spiritual encouragement’ whilst others established a network of fans lobbying for votes to support their campaigns on the group’s facebook page. With tempers sometimes flaring between different sets of supporters, the tense battle between contestants showed why the competition has increased in popularity.
With other pageants facing challenges, Face of Zimbabwe appears to have gained momentum as a mainstream pageant. Commenting on the social networking site facebook, a fan of the contest, Abigail Kunaka was quoted saying “What is exciting about face of Zimbabwe is that it is relevant, exciting, fresh and we get to see what the models are doing in the community to change real lives.”
Spiwe Sibiya, a former model and events co-ordinator based in Pretoria, a new addition to the competition’s judging panel, commenting on Gamu’s win described her as having a confident and strong look, yet calm and down to earth. The rising beauty queen is signed to Harare based Spoken Stars Modelling Agency.
Another judge, US based singer CeeJay Besa said, “Gamu clearly looks like a woman of substance with a great personality and supreme beauty. “She showed much passion for what she does, and we hope that she will do the same in representing her country as a tourism ambassador or in the various charitable causes she is engaged in.” He added.
Face of Zimbabwe Marketing Director, Mike Tashaya who is currently in Zimbabwe to engage the competition’s sponsors, commenting on the February contest said in a statement, “The enthusiasm and drive in this month’s contest is unlike anything we have seen before, FOZ is unique and the momentum in 2012 has been immense. The grand finale in December is a show not to be missed and we are happy to be attracting such high quality contestants like Gamu. ”
To celebrate Gamu’s victory, one of the competition’s sponsors Platinum Lifestyle Estate is set to host a celebration party in her honour on Friday 9th of March in Borrowdale. Face of Zimbabwe officials are due to attend the celebrations and are expected to engage with the competition’s fan base, prospective contestants and partners.
It’s not all play for the beauty queen, to kick off her charity calendar, Gamu will host a Fashion Show in Chisipite on the 31st of March themed ‘We All are One’ to raise funding to buy medication and basic supplies for Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko and Mother of Peace orphanage in the same area.
Prospective partners and contestants in Zimbabwe can reach Mike Tashaya on 0774761732 or by visiting the Face of Zimbabwe website www.faceofzimbabwe.com