Blantyre on Friday crowned new big mama beauty queen, Madalo Chimalizeni, 29 in a glamorous event of the renamed Miss True African Queen contest.
Chimalizeni, a student of Human Resource Management at Malawi Polytechnic, took over from the former queen, Joyful Paliani of state Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.
Formerly known as Miss Matofotofo, the pageant, founded by Lwazi Mbowa, aims to revive the African sense of beauty. It is being run by Malawi first big mama queen, Florence Banda of Zodiak Broadcasting Service (not her name sake a Mota-Engil employee who was dethroned).
The contenders, weighing over 90kg, paraded the stage in four categories— casual, formal, traditional and smart traditional wears — to impress judges.
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Daniel Liwimbi hailed the ladies for the event.
“As a government we assure you of our continued support to the pageant because such contests are capable of boosting our tourism industry,” said Liwimbi.
Miss True African Queen Blantyre, her First and Second Princesses as well as other two big Mamas to be chosen by the judges will represent the city at the national contest slated for April 27 at Capital Hotel in the capital Lilongwe.
Auditions for the northern region are expected to be held in March in Mzuzu where they will select the city’s Miss Matofotofo and other four big Mamas in the green city at the national finale.
The current Miss Matofotofo Lilongwe queen is Constance Kachoka who took over the crown after the winner was dethroned following her sex scandal story in the media last November.
Miss True African Queen is a contest for women who are big and fluffy and mostly those who wear size 40 and above, with no restrictions on age, weight, height and marital status.