Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Forced To Step Down

By Vanessa Sithole

Recently crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Chipo Mandiudza has stepped down as queen of the pageant several days after her reign began . Her resignation comes after mixed reactions from members of the public on social media who questioned her legitimacy and the process surrounding her selection . The reactions also resulted in incidences of cyber bullying and character assassination by some sections of the print media.

21 year old Mandiudza was crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2021 at a colorful ceremony held at a city lodge on Tuesday last week in the presence of the beauty pageants’ representatives.

Chairperson of the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Trust Sibusisiwe Dube said the board was saddened by the abrupt end of her reign.

” We are saddened by the turn out of events we had hoped that she would hold the position throughout her reign. She stepped down because of members of the public. The public should bear in mind that she is just but a 21 year old, the negativity was too overwhelming for her. I hope that she will continue with her modeling career and upcoming models should try and be strong if they intend to be public figures. We are yet to decide whether to bail out of the upcoming Miss Tourism International or assign the 1st Princess as the new Miss Tourism Zimbabwe but it is not yet final”.

According to the organizers due to the Covid 19 pandemic which resulted in the cancellation of most activities in the country , Mandiudza was selected from a list of eligible contestants from 2019.

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