Under the floodlights, curvaceous women would strut what their mamas gave them on the ramp, as they showcase their well-built bodies.
Miss Curvy, organised by the Diamond Queen of Africa, aims to celebrate true African women. It is a different kind of pageant altogether, as most of the pageants focus on slim pencil women in high heels and skimpy dresses. The concept was born out of the zeal to promote plus-sized and give curvy women opportunities, a sense of self-confidence, as well as stature in the fashion industry.
With this platform, big, bold and beautiful women will have the chance to take on modelling and use this as a push into a modelling career.
Thuto Marobela, the national director of the Diamond Queen of Africa, of the Botswana chapter said 16 Miss Curvy grand finale contestants would battle it out next month.
He said auditions to select the 16 women were held in Gaborone only due to budgetary constraints. Marobela said Thabang Lesejane, Botswana’s representative during the maiden Miss Curvy Africa held in Harare, Zimbabwe was chosen by popular vote since the organisers had no budget to conduct auditions.
Marobela said this time around, Botswana would send two representatives to the continental grand finale to be held at Windhoek, Namibia on November 27, 2014.
He said Botswana would be participating for the second time.
His wish is to see a Motswana scoop the title.
“Curvaceous women do not necessarily need to have a modelling background to enter the competition,” said Marobela, adding that the pageant is all about celebrating African women with a big structure and the right attitude. Zimbabwean-born Mercy ‘The Catwalk’ Mushaninga, who is the brains behind the pageant, said preparations for the continental beauty showpiece are underway with everything going according to plan.
Speaking from her base in Harare, Mushaninga said Botswana’s representatives would join their curvaceous counterparts from the rest of Africa on November 22 for the boot camp ahead of the continental grand finale.
Participating countries include Nigeria with two of their queens, South Africa, four, Mozambique, Cameron, Zambia and Kenya are sending a model each with the host nation having four of its own.
The pageant would be held under the theme Models Against Hunger In Africa.
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