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Miss Carnival Zimbabwe 2014 Gamuchirayi Kujeke will leave for Malaysia tomorrow for the Miss Tourism International pageant. The pageant, which is scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur, will see 62 girls from all over the world battling for the different 19 titles that will be on offer during camp.

The overall winner will be crowned Miss Tourism International 2014 on December 31.

The aim of the pageant is to bring people from different countries, while promoting tourism and beauty.

In an interview, the 19-year-old model said she was ready for the pageant and promised to bring the crown home.

“This is my dream come true. I started the preparations three months ago and have been also working with different designers. I am happy that my portfolio has grown and I hope this year’s crown will come to Zimbabwe,” she said.

Kujeke said she had attended grooming lessons and had already picked her designer dress for the finale.

“It is going to be a tight competition, but I am happy that Mrs Cohen – a lifestyle coach and international grooming expert, has been teaching me grooming lessons. I was taught how to dine, walk, and talk and how to carry myself around. Joice Chimanye of Zuva Designs will be my main designer for the pageant. She has done the outfits,” she said.

She said there will be workshops and tours during camp.

“We are going to attend workshops, Press conferences, tour Malaysia and we are expected also to present something from our countries and I am geared for it,” said the beauty queen.

She cited lack of exposure as major of the challenge in the modelling in- dustry.

“We don’t have much exposure on what we are supposed to know when it comes to the world standards. It will be a disaster as a first-timer. I am so happy that I have already acquired knowledge on what is needed in the world standards courtesy of my tutor Cohen. I will be on the same level with other girls,” she said.

Kujeke is one of the youngest models to represent Zimbabwe in an international pageant.

She was crowned Miss Carnival Queen at the age of 18 shrugging off stiff competition from 15 other contestants.

For her emphatic victory as queen of the ramp, Kujeke walked away with US$20 000 cash and a Jaguar S-Type vehicle for use during her reign.

However, Kujeke will have to aim higher after her predecessor, Dananai Chipunza, earned a place in the top 10 when she participated at the same event in Malaysia in 2013.

Source : The Herald