PREPARATIONS for the inaugural Miss Valentine Beitbridge that will be held at Purple Heart Hall on Friday evening have gathered momentum.
Eight bevies are expected to outclass each other on the ramp.
These include Roynah Kassim (18), Ruvimbo Mukandatsama (19), Alethia Shumba (23), Valentine Makere (19), Samkeliso Nyathi (23), Amanda Makate (17), Carolis Moyo (17) and Charlyn Muleya (21).
The show is being organised by Project Runway, a youth initiative led by veteran model Vanessa Mbedzi.
Mbedzi said they had lined up models aged between 17 and 23 years from the border town.
She said a number of renowned local artistes would spice up the event, among them The Hoxers, CJ and Crew and Mic Charmer.
a�?Preparations are now at an advanced stage and we are calling on Beitbridge people to attend in their numbers,a�? said Mbedzi.
a�?We are organising a small but very classy pageant to showcase the beauty of our young ladies, at the same time we want to scout for talent and introduce different categories for the pageant.
a�?For instance we will be having Peoplea��s Choice model which will be voted for via Facebook. I want to use the experience I gained as a model when I competed for Miss Zimbabwe USA (2012), Miss Africa USA and Carnival Queen of Zimbabwe and Miss World Zimbabwe,a�? she said.
She said there would be a lot of prizes to be won on the day.
Mbedzi said they had courted a number of sponsors for the event.
She said they had already identified a panel of experienced judges among them Samantha Tshuma of the Open Eye Studio in Bulawayo and many others to be availed on Friday evening.
a�?The theme is a�?Beauty, Brains, Goodwill and Leadershipa��,a�? she said.
Mbedzi said the pageant would be used to fundraise and mobilise resources for Project School Run under The Watchmen Trust, which seeks to assist the elementary students with access to education by means of tuition fees, stationery and uniforms.
She said the event tickets were being sold at Chimes House Inn (Town), Mamoea��s Restaurant (Rank), and Tinashea��s Cellular Shop (Mashakada).