BULAWAYO Polytechnic student Velma Madimutsa was last Friday crowned Miss Tertiary Education Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe 2014 (TIFAZ).
The 21-year-old model who is studying Purchasing and Supply at Bulawayo Polytechnic was crowned Miss TIFAZ ahead of other 18 contestants drown from all teachersa�� colleges and polytechnics.
Madimutsa could not hide her joy after the contest which was held at Mkoba Teachers College in Gweru.
a�?I am very happy and proud of myself. The competition was challenging and at one point I felt nervous. I owe this to my designer,a�? she said.
The model, who admires former Miss Malaika Brita Masalethulini, has been a recipient of several accolades since her debut modelling contest at the age of 14.
a�?I started modelling when I was doing my Form Two at Munyaradzi High School in Kwekwe. I have received several awards in different competitions.
a�?In 2007 I won Miss Kadoma Junior and was later crowned Miss Kadoma Schools. The following year I was crowned Miss Stars Kadoma, Miss Fabulous Kadoka, and I was the first princess in the Miss Winter competition,a�? she said.
Despite her passion in modelling, she disclosed that she has not received much support to pursue her career.
a�?The modelling industry in Zimbabwe has been faced with a shortage of sponsors to enable us to take the career to greater heights. If opportunity comes I will jump at the first chance as my wish is to be crowned Miss Zimbabwe,a�? she said.
Velma took over from Miss TIFAZ 2013 Chivanga Kudakwashe. Junior Nyamayedenga and Loveness Dube were crowned 1st and 2nd princesses respectively.