AFTER rebranding from Miss Rural Zimbabwe to Miss Rural Tourism Zimbabwe, the pageant which is run by celebrated former model and coach Sipho Mazibuko’s Mental Voices Trust, has found a face in Charlotte Moyo.
Aged 20, Charlotte hails from Insiza North, Matabeleland South.
The upcoming model who was scouted in deep the thickets of Insiza is deaf and dumb, but that doesn’t hold her back from chasing her dreams. She wants to be a top model in the industry.
She is a beautiful, bubbly, talkative and energetic soul and she is a professional hairdresser.
Sipho Mazibuko who is the patron for Mental Voices Trust said as they have rebranded, they are also going to accommodate persons living with disability on the pageant to strike balance and afford equal opportunities to the vulnerable.
“We are all about making a difference in the world and this time around we want to accommodate people living with disabilities on our pageant and we started off by identifying Charlotte, who will be the face of the event.
“We want to prove that disability is not inability, therefore we also have four other deaf and dumb models drawn from Matabeleland South, stunners that will have the fully able rural models running for cover,” said Mazibuko.
Mazibuko, who is former Miss Zimbabwe (1992) who is living with Bipolar said upon rebranding, the Deputy Minister of Health Doctor John Chamunorwa Mangwiro blessed the pageant that is aimed at raising mental health issues in rural communities.
“In the rural area communities, many people think mental health disorders are a curse and therefore sufferers are taken to prophets and healers and sometimes even subjected to exorcism and beating out of the mental demons.
“Personally, I went through all that, hence, I saw the need to educate rural communities so that they don’t get misinformed and illtreat those with mental issues,” said Mazibuko.
There will also be a male version of the peageant which is Mr Rural Tourism Zimbabwe.