By Sandra Maricho
KWEKWE model Asiyatu Vanessa Takabeli says she is grateful to be afforded the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Miss Africa Entrepreneur 2020.
Participants of the pageant have been drawn from different African nations and the auditions are being carried out online.
Speaking in an interview with Standard Style, Takabeli said she has been privileged to be one of the contestants who will be representing Zimbabwe, promising to do her best and bring the crown to Kwekwe.
“I am so excited to be part of the Miss African Entrepreneur 2020 contestants. It is indeed a great honour to represent my country at such a large platform,” Takabeli.
“I just submitted my applications online and I was fortunate enough to qualify.”
Born and bred in Mutare, Takabeli and her parents later moved to Kwekwe where she did her A’ Level at ZPC Munyati High School. Currently, she is studying cosmetology at Kwekwe Polytechnic.
Takabeli said she has been passionate about modelling since childhood and would participate at various platforms.
“I have been passionate about modelling from primary school level, but turned professional in 2019 when I competed in the Miss Kwekwe Sports Arts and Culture 2019 and was crowned the first princess,” said Takabeli.
She participated in the Miss Zambia-Zimbabwe auditions whose contest was scheduled to take place on April 4 in Lusaka, Zambia, but was later postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I was part of the top 15 contestants, who were scheduled to participate at a pageant in Lusaka. It’s unfortunate that it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. I hope that it will be rescheduled soon,” she said.
Takabeli said she was receiving support from her family since the infancy of her career.
“My parents are very amazing, they are my number one fans and have been supporting me from day one,” she said.
“I wish other parents would understand their children and support their talents in modelling because it is a good career.”
Takabeli took a swipe at people who criticise modelling, saying they need to be educated that the profession is not just about walking on the ramp.
“Modelling is not all about walking on the ramp alone, but it involves a lot of lessons, which include confidence-building and good behaviour,” she said.
“Many models end up being brand ambassadors of companies thereby earning a decent living out of it.”