At the age of 19, and studying towards a degree in Acounting and Finance at Lupane State University, Mhlengiwethu Mahlangu believes her experience at the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe final was a stepping stone to a brighter modelling future.
By Sindiso Dube in bulawayo
Mahlangu, who was representing Bulawayo province, made it into the final seven before being beaten to the crown by Mutare beauty and lawyer Tafadzwa Jaricha.
“Miss Tourism Zimbabwe was a growth stage that skyrocketed my career and got me working with renowned people whom I used to envy and wished to work with when I was growing up,” Mahlangu said.
“Personally, I highly rate my performance. I am convinced that I did exceptionally well by being voted into the last seven finalists, although I would have loved to be crowned, but that was going to be a bonus for me. I did very well.
“I believe my journey has started, the Miss Tourism stage was a great boost. I am currently working very hard to build my portfolio so that I stay ready for anything and everything that my path leads me to.
“I have started doing projects that involve bettering the future of the youths in our country and I am also preparing for bigger crowns that will come my way.”
Mahlangu started modelling at a tender age in primary school and growing up, she was inspired by English model, actress and singer Naomi Campbell.
“Naomi’s walk commands attention on the runway and her look is just as daring, while equally fierce — an aura I would love to project on the runway as I walk my part,” she said.
“I wish to become a role model to many young models coming up. I wish to travel a lot through modelling and to grow my brand and being my country’s ambassador.”