Excite Media, organisers of the Miss Curvy Malawi have announced that the national finale of the inaugural event will not take place as scheduled.
The event, which Malawi was to host for the first time in April before it was shifted to June, has been cancelled due to what the organisers simply termed as “change of programme”, according to a made available to Nyasa Times.
In January, Excite Media begun its journey to finding models that would represent Malawi at the Miss Curvy Africa in Zimbabwe on 13 August, but their first auditions in Lilongwe were marred with low turn up.
The poor attendance therefore prompted the organisers to change approach and instead embarked on scouting for models, which resulted to finding a total of 10 women from across the country; four from the South, four from the Center and two from the North.
“This journey has been exciting but challenging,” reads part of the statement. “Initially the country was supposed to see the models compete for the crown at the Miss Curvy Malawi…but we hereby announce that there have been changes to this program.”
The statement, signed by the company’s PR Manager, Diana Liabuba, further states that the details of all the models [who were scouted] were copied to the organizers of Miss Curvy Africa who have since chosen two models namely Karen Msiska and Chifundo Nembele to take part in the continental event “as they fully qualified in height and hip size.”
“We understand as Excite Holdings that the country is looking forward to see these models on stage and we have lined up a number of activities for the whole group and also the two chosen representatives before and after the continental event.
“These events will be communicated duly and we call for sponsorship from companies and well wishing individuals so that the trip to the Victoria Falls this August will be made possible where our two representatives will carry the Malawian Flag,” said the statement.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, the Excite Media publicist disclosed that the company needs about K3 million to send the two models and their chaperon to the Victoria Falls event.
“We need return air tickets, accomodation for their chaperon from Malawi and other small accessories and items,” she said. “We have hope that Karen and Blessings will bring the crown home.”
Liabuba however dismissed the suggestion that Malawians were not ready for the new pageant, looking at the challenges encountered.
Apart from the trip to Zimbabwe, the ultimate winner of Miss Curvy Malawi was to receive a package of prizes, including personal coaching, support in body image and modelling presentation as well as cash gifts and a modelling contract.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :