And the 2023 Miss Environment Zimbabwe is Pauline Marere!
Mashonaland West model Pauline Marere is Miss Environment Zimbabwe after she was crowned as queen defeating 17 other models who did the catwalk at the pageant.
The finals took place on 13 May at Waterfront Resort in Kariba.
Different environmental works and effort with the community afforded Marere a win at the finals. She has been working on environmental projects, teaching school children about climate change and tree planting. As Miss Environment Zimbabwe, Marere won a VW Up 1.0 (2023) car worth US$5500. She will also be representing Zimbabwe in India next month.
“I am super excited and happy to win Miss Environment Zimbabwe. It has been a long journey since we started the auditions last year, from the preliminaries up to the final. “I have been working so hard for so many years representing Zimbabwe internationally and winning cars that never came.
“But I am so excited that I’ve finally won a car and it was delivered. I was given the car keys on stage. “Miss Environment Zimbabwe has been a very huge platform for me to advocate for environmental issues that are close to my heart, from climate change to global warming, recycling and afforestation.
“I have been going to primary schools teaching children the importance of trees and how to plant trees.
“I have been planting citrus trees and also plan to plant trees that can be used for medical purposes since I am now in the medical field,” said Marere. Despite being Miss Environment Zimbabwe, Marere is not slowing down. She also plans to represent the country at the Miss Universe.
“I am eyeing the Miss Universe Zimbabwe crown, so that I can go and revive our country on the international beauty pageant platform, and bring the crown home.
“That will be my last pageant and then I will start training others so that we have strong candidates. “Hard work can get you anything, delay is not denial. I will make sure I go the extra mile,” said Marere.
She pays tribute to many who afforded her a chance and platform to participate and win the Miss Environment title. “I want to thank my designers Ivhu Tribe and Charlington who made my national costume and evening gowns.
“I also want to thank the sponsors, my family and friends who made sure I got all the support. I also want to thank the founder of the pageant, Nigel Shamu, for hosting this pageant and national director Ishmael Murangandi.
“Above all, I owe it to God for the favour, he has made it possible,” said Marere. Marere has won several pageant titles in the past, including Miss Africa Continent and Miss Pan African.