By Staff Reporter
The organisers of the Face of Zimbabwe competition have announced the appointment of a high-powered panel of judges.
The judges will assist in the selection of the monthly winners for the FoZ online beauty pageant. The online pageant appears poised to become one of the most widely followed international pageants on Zimbabwe in which the winner is chosen by the public.
According to the competition’s organisers, the main purpose of the pageant is to marketing the country abroad and raise awareness for the various charitable causes that are supported by the Face of Zimbabwe Trust. The pageant selects a winner every month from Zimbabweans residing all over the world based on a combination of public votes and moderation by the judges. Besides appearing in a hugely anticipated 2012 Zimbabwe’s official calendar, the 12 monthly winners will battle it out at the end of the year to be crowned Face of Zimbabwe.
The judges (view full list here) have been announced as beauty siren, Primrose Mutsigiri (see picture) who is currently the host of SWAG TV International, a You-tube based TV Show that has scooped interviews with several international stars such as Nigeria’s 2-Face Idibia. The UK based entertainer and socialite, is a hugely accomplished model, who previously made history by winning four beauty pageants in a row, Miss Zimbabwe 2005, Miss Southern Africa 2006, Miss Africa 2007 and Miss Malaika 2008.
She is joined on the panel by the popular ‘One ariega’ acoustic/afro jazz/urban musician, Cee Jay Besa who is based in Texas, US. The singer who has also turned promoter was the organiser of dancehall king, Winky D’s tour of the USA .The third judge is Priscilla Nalana, a radio presenter for zimonline Radio, who commands a huge following for her Friday shows which has earned her the name ‘Miss Airwaves’. Miss Nalana who is based in Ireland has a long and distinguished career as a broadcaster with South African Radio station ‘Bop’ where she worked with Tich Mataz.
The judging panel is completed by two models, UK based Caroline Kumbukani who was previously crowned Miss Valentine, 2010 and SA based Melgin Tafirenyika. Melgin is currently signed to G3 Agency in South Africa and has modelled for various clothing chains and appeared in TV ads and billboards all over southern Africa.
The pageant’s administrator, Mr Lazarus Nyakese, commenting on the appointment of the judges remarked that; ‘the way it works is that the public vote is used to determine the three contestants. The judges will then cast their votes to choose the monthly winner from these top three contestants.’ He added, ‘this way, the monthly winner is truly representative of the wishes of the Zimbabwean people’. However, the judges lose their right to vote in the December finals where the ultimate winner is chosen entirely by public vote.
Judging by the fierce campaigning by the monthly contestants on the group’s facebook page, there is every indication that the FoZ competition has recently increased in popularity. With the monthly winner earning the right to feature in the 2012 calendar, it is not surprising that monthly contestants have been aggressively campaigning using You-tube videos, appointing friends as campaign managers and chasing votes from Zimbabweans all over the world which can only be good for Zimbabwe’s image abroad.