AUSTRALIA-BASED model Paidamoyo Mutyambizi (top left) was voted Miss January in the Face of Zimbabwe (Foz) online beauty contest.
The pageant is in its second year and Mutyambizi will square up with 11 other models that will be selected monthly throughout the year for the 2013 reign.
The inaugural edition of Foz saw Sibo Bero (bottom left) crowned Face of Zimbabwe 2012. Zimbabwean models based in countries like China, UK, USA, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada made it to the final.
“I am extremely excited by this challenge,” said Mutyambizi while speaking to Zim Life & Style Magazine after her crowning. “Now that I am here there is nothing I want more than to win the annual crown and do some charity work.”
Mutyambizi, based in New South Wales (NSW), is currently making inroads into the Australian modelling industry. In 2009 the stunning 22-year-old beauty was crowned Miss Africa Australia while representing NSW.
Mike Tashaya, the pageant’s marketing director who is currently in Zimbabwe to meet potential sponsors, said the 2012 competition would build on last year’s foundation and promises to be bigger and more exciting.
“We are currently making arrangements to hold the finals in Zimbabwe at the end of the year so we are keen to have more participation from Zimbabwe,” said Tashaya. “We are also looking for partners in the country.”
He said London-based marketing firm, KMG Media which organises the competition, had recently announced the appointment of model Emily Marambakuyana — a former contestant — as one of the administrators for the 2012 competition.
Amongst other developments Foz recently signed a contract with technology company Enerco (Pvt) Ltd to enhance text voting and content download. They have also signed Harare photographer Michele Fortmann as the competition’s official photographer.
“As part of its 2012 charity initiative Face of Zimbabwe is set to launch a Scholarship Fund to support underprivileged children who need assistance with their school fees,” said Tashaya.
He said the fund would be opened up to applicants from the whole country and will assist a significant number of beneficiaries.
Last year the monthly finalists played their part in marketing Zimbabwe’s tourist destinations to the world and raised funds for orphaned children in the Epworth.