ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
VANESSA Chinyemba was on Wednesday night crowned as the new Miss Zambia at a colourful event held at The Corner Cafe in Lusaka.
The 23-year-old, who takes over the crown from Musa Kalaluka, competed against 12 contestants.
Angela Malenga, a 22-year old journalist, was picked as the First Runner Up while 24-year-old medical student Victoria Mulengula got the Second Runner Up. Laurisca Kalongo, no stranger to the catwalk having participated in some major pageants, was chosen as Miss Personality.
Vanessa is a public relations student, fashion model and a mobilisation director at the Zambia I Want, an organisation whose mission is to improve the living standards of Zambians through various initiatives.
On her manifesto, Vanessa said her empathy is what led her to taking on the position of mobilisation director so that her voice and actions can have a positive impact in the society and that she may be accorded an avenue through which to help those in need.
Apart from the crown, Vanessa walked away with a 20X30 piece of land in Makeni West, Lusaka. She was also named as Sho’dol Cosmetics brand ambassador for a full year of her reign. She further received a full cosmetic hamper for a year and one mid-year refill worth K5000 courtesy of Sho’dol Cosmetics.
Vanessa was also named as My Ride Zambia Brand Ambassador for a full year and will be receiving transportation services to special appearances, events or campaigns courtesy of My Ride Zambia.
Hosted by Platinum Events Productions Africa (PEPA) for the third time since 2016, the competition started with auditions involving 123 hopefuls who were eventually trimmed to 12.
The contestants had to compete in four categories – Introduction, tradition, Zambian colours and evening wear.
The jury included former Miss Zambia Elizabeth Mwanza, Zindaba Zulu, Christine Mwaba and Jito Kayumba.
At evening wear category, the 12 contestants were reduced to six. These Vanessa, Angela, Victoria, Emma Mwaba, 22, Vanessa Kangongo, 21, and Ashely Mwanza, 19.
Those who made the top 12 included Turiella Kaniki, 21, Mulenga Mumba, 23, Sibusisiwe Chirwa, 24, Taonga Zimba, 25, and Bupe Mufwaya, 21.
Other past winners of the Miss Zambia title are Elizabeth Mwanza, Tukuza Tembo, Alice Banda, Cynthia Kanema, Precious Mumbi, Winfredah Mofu, Katanekwa Matundwelo, Christine Mwaba, Michelo Malambo and Mwangala Ikacana.
The 2020 Miss Zambia pageant was sponsored by Mozo TV, My Ride Zambia as the official transportation sponsor, Sho’dol beauty store as the official beauty sponsor, Namayo at Work as the official land property sponsor and Zambian Lotto Limited as the official digital billboard sponsor.