TWENTY-YEAR-OLD upcoming Bulawayo-based clothes designer Tafadzwa Magodoro is this year’s designer for Miss Rural Zimbabwe.
The Independentxtra caught up with her in Masvingo during the pageant’s provincial finals held at a city ho
tel where she showcased her material.
Tafadzwa, who is the last child in a family of four, said fashion designing is in her blood.
“I started designing at a tender age and fashion designing is in my blood. I remember I used to design my own clothes during school weekends.
I can actually say fashion designing is my talent,” she said.
She said Sipho Mazibuko, founder of Miss Rural Zimbabwe and Strides Modelling agency owner, identified her.
“Sipho Mazibuko identified me during Miss Trends’ designer competition, which was held in Bulawayo in 2003 which is the time I joined Miss Rural Zimbabwe designers.
She groomed me to what I am today,” she said.
Tafadzwa said her main achievement so far was when she designed clothes for the current Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Lorraine Maphala, which she wore at the Miss World Tourism pageant this year in Tanzania.
Tafadzwa said her label is called Rota and her ambition is to put Zimbabwe on the world map of fashion.
Charmaine Kujinga from Triangle was crowned Miss Rural Zimbabwe Masvingo. Kujinga will represent the province at the national finals scheduled for later this year at Great Zimbabwe.
First princess was Evelyn Karechete of Bikita while the second princess was Chiedza Moyo of Chiredzi.
A total of 20 models took part in the designer wear and beads wear competition. Models from Strides took part in a snake dance, an initiation ritual dance, which was choreographed by Mazibuko.
Musician Sandra Ndebele entertained guests at the function sponsored by Zvobgo Holdings and Negondo Chemicals.