All set for Miss Blantyre, finale on Saturday

Some of Miss BT contestants, Shiro Ching'ani (seated left) and Pamera Mazengera (in yellow on the middle) pulled out.

Nine girls will this Saturday go on the ramp and battle for the Miss Blantyre crown at an event scheduled for Shire Highlands Hotel in Limbe.

Organisers of the commercial city beauty pageant, Red Rose Modeling, have told Nyasa Times that all is set and each of the models is prepared for the afternoon beauty parade.

“Each of them is so confident and looking forward to win the title and we’re so happy, looking at the morale in camp right now,” said Dorothy Kamoto, Red Rose Modeling manager.

The 2011 Miss Blantyre contestants are Savanna Vorster, Agnes Chirwa, Fainala Kalinga, Malika Chitanda, Marriam Khan, Tadala Ndisale, Tamarljusten Mbewe, Gloria Chale, and Yusra Khalid.

Initially, eleven girls made it to the finals but a source told Nyasa Times, “Two of them, Shiro Ching’ani and Pamela Mazengera pulled out.”

The girls are being groomed by Angella Faith Lapukeni, an alumnus of Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, the model who represented Malawi at the Miss University Africa, and will be dressed by designer Simon Kalilombe.

Kamoto said the 2011 Miss Blantyre finale promises to be a fascinating beauty pageant which the public “cannot afford to miss”.

“It’s an outdoor beauty contest which will be happening by the pool side at Shire Highlands [Hotel], and this makes the event unique.

“Apart from the beauty contest we will have performances by Maskal, Diktator and DJ Boo, among others. We will also have a cash bar and braii, so this should be the place to be this weekend,” she said.

Red Rose Modeling has outlined, among other things, outlined objective activities for the queen to be crowned.

“Among others, Miss Blantyre will tirelessly work to identify means of sending street children and abandoned babies to school and early childhood and learning centers.

“She will be engaged to provide incentives like books, clothes, soap, among other material support in order to build resilience towards education for the underprivileged,” the modeling company’s spokesperson Pearson Nkhoma told Nyasa Times few weeks ago.

He pointed out this is an attempt to ensure attainment of the Universal Primary education for children in the city, saying in the long term, such charity works by the queen in conjunction with corporate sponsors, will lead to the attainment of gender equality and poverty alleviation.

“It is an open secret that educated citizens are a beacon of national development,” said Nkhoma.

Additionally, he said Miss Blantyre would be responsible for promotion of responsible behavior among young people during campaigns like World AIDS Day, Global Call for Action Against Poverty (the Stand Up Against Poverty Campaign), and Child-Healthy Week.

He said the winner would be an image to promote safer sex methods for young people like abstinence, condom usage and being faithful as a way of contributing towards HIV/AIDS response.

Miss Blantyre 2011 is being sponsored by, among others, Alexander Hotels Limited, Blantyre Newspapers Limited, Block Buster, Nde’feyo Entertainment, Midima and Chimz driving schools, MBC and Candlex Limited.

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