Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Samantha Tshuma
Delectable Samantha Tshuma, the reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, last week bade farewell to her fans as she left for China to take part in the 60th Miss World pageant.
She is expected to join 120 models drawn from different parts of the world. The glamourous event will be held at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya. This is the fifth time that China has hosted the event after Vietnam withdrew as the host last month.
The 20-year-old model said everything was in order and ready for the international contest. "I had my health checked and it is in the best form," said Samantha. She was recently in Ghana as a guest of honour at the Miss Tourism Ghana where besides telling the true Zimbabwean story she also marketed the country as a safe tourism destination.
A sneak preview into her wardrobe reveals that Samantha will take with her ethnic African prints and animal skins to promote her culture.
Her two designers Tafadzwa Maghodhoro from Bulawayo and Hillary Indi designed most of her clothes for the contest. Indi also designed the dress she wore for Miss Tourism finals. Standing 1,83 metres tall, Samantha says her wardrobe was designed to fit.
While in camp, she will compete in various contests that include Miss Talent, Miss Beach Beauty, Miss Top model, Miss Sport among others. She also highlighted she was not on diet. "I do not have any worries about food because I do not have any known allergies so I can eat anything," she said.
Unlike most models, she takes anything tasty but prefers sugar and fat free food stuffs. Samantha leaves aboard Ethiopian Airways plane, which departs at 1pm for China. She promised to market Zimbabwe and exchange contacts while in camp. "When I went to Ghana everyone asked me whether Victoria Falls was in Zimbabwe or Zambia.
"If someone in Africa can ask such a question then definitely in China there would be need to clarify a lot of issues," she said.
The confident model said she had done immense research about Zimbabwean heritage and if possible she would take with her a few artifacts and pictures.
If Samantha Tshuma manages to make it into the top five she joins Angeline Hundah nee Musasiwa who finished fourth in 1994 at the same contest.
Last year’s winner, Kaiane Aldorino of Gilbratar will crown her successor at the end of the event which will see usual power houses like India, Peru, Nigeria, Greece, Venezuela, Turkey, Jamaica and Ireland battling it out for honours.

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