CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI, KABWE
PREPARATIONS for holding the second Miss Kabwe beauty pageant, which is targeting girls aged between 18 and 25, have already started.
One of the organisers Carsley Mpundu of Carsie Events, told the Weekend Mail in Kabwe that auditions, which will take about a month, started this week.
The organisers are looking at choosing 15 finalists, who have to be either in college or completed their tertiary education. Other than being between the ages of 18 and 25, they are expected to be at least 1.6 metres tall.
Beauty pageants have sometimes come under fire for enforcing what they call outdated rules such as that a candidate can only compete if she has never married before or given birth before. Even the cut-off age has been criticised. And while height may not be strictly enforced, taller contestants tend to win although even a petite woman can win but only if she is much better in other areas.
But with the Miss Kabwe organisers, specifying the height it is clear what they are looking for in any potential candidate, never mind the winner.
â€œWe have actually started the preparations for Miss Kabwe 2016 which we hope will be held in October. This time, weâ€™re looking at having 15 models contesting as finalists,â€ Carsley says.
While last yearâ€™s event was held under the theme â€œFight against violenceâ€, this year the pageant is being held under the theme â€œFighting against early marriagesâ€.
The winner will be expected to be an ambassador in creating awareness on the negative effects of early marriages on society.
â€œLast year, I think we held a very successful Miss Kabwe looking at how the event was held and the sponsors who came on board,â€ Carsley says.
Zamtel, Gonde Lodge, Nimo Fashions, and Nancy Beauty Hair Solutions, which all sponsored last yearâ€™s event, are said to have already come on board.
Natasha Chikuma, a 22-year-old fourth year student in International Relations and Development Studies at Mulungushi University, was crowned Miss Kabwe 2015 during the inaugural event held on October 16 at Zambia Air Force Mess.
Her schoolmate, 21-year-old Siabeengo Mudenda, a fourth year student in Bachelor of Commerce and Economics, snatched the First Princess title while Develia Daka, 21, of Kabwe Institute of Technology, was the Second Princess.
Twiza Munjili, 19, settled for the Miss Personality in a contest that attracted 11 participants.
CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI, KABWE