Local pageantry has in the recent past been synonymous with scandals and controversy, all in contrast to its purpose — to celebrate local beauty.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
Known for being a billion-dollar industry across the world, within Zimbabwean borders corporates shun the beauty sector for fear of tainting their brands.
Defying odds is current Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Ashley Morgan whom in six months of her reign has not been caught in any disreputable affair.
Not only is she beautiful, Morgan aka Black Diamond surely exudes the modesty and stature befitting a queen and her finishing in the top 10 at the Miss Tourism International is a bonus.
A peep into her social media accounts also relays the same clean message.
“Born an African… Born a Woman…Born Strong… Born to shine. I own my throne,” she posted a few weeks ago alongside a crown emoji on her Instagram account @blackdiamondzw.
“A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness,” she posted, proving her motivation game is on full throttle too.
Kudos goes to the organisers’ criterion of choosing a rare combination of beauty with brains which seems to have worked to their advantage, unlike other contests that have been muddled by disappointing models’ unprofessionalism.
Miss Tourism Zimbabwe patron Barbra Mzembi last year told The Standard Style that sufficient coaching for models by stakeholders may help them to virtuously conduct themselves, which could revive the collapsing sector.
“I think if we train models, they will be very good girls, who are scandal-free because it is all about educating people and talking to them. So, there is need for teaching and interaction as well as giving them examples of women who excelled on their own,” said Mzembi.