KINGSTON, Jamaica - Mutsa Mutare, described by the Zimbabwean press as “a stunning 22-year-old sales and marketing consultant from Harare” arrived in Kingston Sunday to take part in this year’s Miss Global International pageant, the locally run beauty contest with entrants from several continents.
Mutsa is likely to be one of the favourites for this year’s title, which is up for grabs on Saturday, October 22, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. She is also expected to be the centre of attention for the next few days, as Jamaicans mull over Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s recent distasteful remarks about Jamaican men. But, her sweet smile and delicate looks are bound to make her a hit among Jamaicans.
Mutsa told the Zimbabwean press before departing for Jamaica on Friday, that she aims to fly her country’s flag real high while she is here.
“Even though this is my first time to participate in a high-profile pageant, I have been reading magazines and surfing the internet to figure out what transpires at the pageant,” she told the Standard before her departure.
Her trip to Jamaica will cost Miss Global International Zimbabwe some US$15,000, but by the looks of things it couldn’t be better timed or better spent.
If she wins, she would be the third Zimbabwean to do so, following in the footsteps of Miss Global 2006 Ropa Garise and 2007 winner Cynthia Muvirimi, who also contested the 2008 Miss World contest.
She was selected at the finals at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare last month, an event at which the guest of honour was Robert Mugabe Jnr commonly known as “Tino”, the president’s son.
Mutsa will be in Kingston today (Wednesday) making the rounds of courtesy calls with fellow contestants and the Miss Global team led by Montego Bay businessman, Lachu Ranchandani.
Ranchandani was initially involved with both the Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe events in western Jamaica, before creating the Miss Commonwealth title which evolved into the Miss Global International event when contestants from outside the British Commonwealth wanted in.
Since 2006, the contest has ballooned into a very important international pageant attracting worldwide attention and entrants from countries as varied as Bangladesh, Singapore, The Bahamas, Malaysia, Antigua, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Guyana, Nigeria, Grenada and the UK.
This year’s contest bears the “Proudly Celebrating Jamaica 50” label, following permission granted by the Jamaica 50 Secretariat for its use by the pageant.