Miss Zim Diamond: facing today’s issues

The Miss Zim Diamond semi final rehearsal experience was a pleasant surprise. The rehearsals presented themselves as a particularly unique platform - not just styling themselves and looking pretty, but as a platform of communication about the trials that young women face today.

Nokuthula Sithole as Miss Commonwealth in 2010.
Nokuthula Sithole as Miss Commonwealth in 2010.

The girls expressed themselves, their concerns, fears, thoughts, and discussed how their past had moulded them into who they were. There was a real sense of relationship rather than just roles being handed out to them. From what I observed, I believe every girl there felt unique, individual and catered for.

I personally do not think that this would have been at all possible if Glorianne Francis, the founder of Miss Zim Diamond, was not a listening ear and a genuinely empathetic individual – one of our amazing role models. The girls needed to see that one can have so many things to deal with and still remain meek, loving and able to direct.

At my first rehearsal experience, Glorianne used a Christian undertone to communicate with the girls. Little did we know that we would be sheltered and shielded from the chaos rampant in Tottenham on the night the semi finals were taking place at the Abbey Bar in London.

I relate these events together because the girls decided that we should share a word in prayer before the start of the show and I only reflected afterwards that we were not only showcasing talent, beauty and promoting Zimbabwe that evening – but we were also out of harm’s way.

Glorianne emphasises the idea of being a good representative of Zimbabwe and has a no-nonsense policy on anyone who wants to corrode the name of our country or the event. I loved meeting other amazing female role models within the Zimbabwean community such as Pamela Kaseke and Shirley James who are also working behind the scenes.

I am excitedly looking forward to the First Miss Zim Diamond final to be held on September 10 in London. – Sithole was 1st Princess of Miss Commonwealth 2010.

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