The Sunday News
Rumbidzai Mhlanga, Sunday Life Reporter
Some people are talented and capable of doing more than they think they can. Patience Nomazulu Gumbo needed some encouragement and persuasion to discover that apart from being an athlete she is also a model.
The 21-year-old and newly crowned beauty queen would have never known that she was a talented model if it was not for her classmates at Hillside Teachers’ College members of staff.
“I have always been interested in sports. I never imagined myself in the modelling fraternity let alone representing Zimbabwe in a modelling contest. My modelling career started in June this year when I contested for the title of Miss Hillside Teachers’ College.”
“Since I started I have won three titles already, that is Miss Hillside 2019, Miss Malaika Bulawayo 2019 hosted by Muzibits, I won the queens tittle as well as people’s choice and Zuri Africa Queen 2019.
I then went on to contest for Miss Tifaz and I was on the top five among 22 other models, although I lost but I got motivated that I can do better.
I am preparing for the Zuri Africa pageant where I will be representing Zimbabwe in Harare along with 16 other African countries. As part of my prize for Zuri, I am set to compete for Miss Zimbabwe International,” said Gumbo.
The self-trained model said winning the titles has aroused her love for the art industry.
“Apart from modelling I am interested in fashion, particularly vintage and I intend to start my clothing line using the website that I won at the Zuri Africa pageant to market my products. I am also set to begin a cultural project using the money that I won at Zuri Zimbabwe.
I will also be contesting for Miss Zimbabwe International set for next April in South Africa and hopefully I will claim that crown as well,” she said.