If indeed beauty is nothing without brains as they say, then Midlands beauty Lisa Nyamdela, the incoming Miss Gweru, is a priceless gem that possesses this rare combination.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
Nyamdela was recently crowned queen after outclassing 12 other contestants at the recently held Miss Gweru at Cathedral Hall in Gweru. She scooped an additional $400 courtesy of Bruce Tokwe Commercial Chambers.
“I feel honoured and blessed to be chosen to be the face of Gweru for the year 2018, considering that there were 12 other very beautiful, talented and intelligent ladies competing for the crown,” she told The Standard Style in an interview.
Born 22 years ago and raised by a single mother whom she considers “my hero”, she is the last born in a family of four.
The University of Zimbabwe medical student’s story of how she ended up on the ramp is like a scene plucked from a fairytale movie where luck meets preparedness.
“This was my first pageant. My sister was a model, so she encouraged me to participate and Ms Mavis Koslek (pageant organiser) groomed me into a fine model,” she explained her unprecedented entry into the catwalking trade.
She admits not expecting to be the face of Gweru and, hence, has not decided her next goal in modelling yet she is ready to use her influence for a substantive health cause in the city.
“I plan to serve Gweru this year by doing cervical cancer and breast cancer awareness campaigns. I plan to reach girls in all areas of Gweru and to collect sanitary wear,” said Nyamdela, pleading for corporate support.
“I will also carry out fundraising projects like zumba and fundraising dinners in order to steer these campaigns. I hope I will get support from organisations in and around Gweru.”
Meanwhile, first princess Chipo Chigwende (19) got $150 as prize money and second princess Mihlayenkosi Malibha (21) a Banking and Finance Student at Midlands State University, won $150 courtesy of Bell Petroleum and a makeup course at Sister Beauty Parlour.
Among the panellists were area manager for the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Lizz Adams, marketing executive for ZTA Mitchelle Gambiza, senior marketing executive for Zimpapers Prisca Chard, 98.4 Station manager Tony Friday and marketing executive for Tony’s Paints Melvin Ncube.