miss universities 2010.jpgAll is set for the second edition of the Miss Universities Zimbabwe pageant scheduled for October 15 at Ochi City just outside Hatcliffe in Harare.

The show, which runs under the theme ‘Beauty and Brains,’ seeks to give a platform to academics to prove that they can do more than just reading.

In an interview with ZBC News, event coordinator, Prominence Makaza said the pageant has been a success judging by the way the reigning top three have gone on to be winners in other pageants.

“This year, the pageant has grown and will be bigger. We expect 25 contestants and everyone will benefit from participating,” said Makaza.

The reigning Miss Universities, Paula Machaya hailed the pageant as empowering.

“My reign has seen me working with orphans and has helped me career wise. We have managed to clinch a deal to market the country through various projects done in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. Last year our winners were in the top five of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant. Rumbidzai Mudzengerere and Lisa Morgan were crowned Miss Tourism and Miss Universe respectively,” said Machaya.

Winners of the pageant will get scholarships and prize money.

In addition, the top two will automatically get a ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the Miss University Africa pageant.

Participants in the pageant are selected through interviews held in the country’s nine universities and Polytechnic colleges.

This year’s show is expected to be graced by artistes such as Alick Macheso, Winky D, King Shaddy and South African artist, Professor of the hit song, “Jezebel” among others.