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But with all her efforts, Hunda had already missed out on the Sports Competition, auditions for the Talent Competition, auditions for Dancers of the World and the Oxford Debate.Just being there was big enough.” Born in a family of seven and having been raised by a single mother — Hunda’s tough upbringing must have played a role in her Miss World campaign — as she faced not one or two but a myriad of challenges in London.The one that pains her the most, though, is the Beauty with a Purpose competition.“I got there four days into boot camp — but I still didn’t expect too much of the baptism of fire that I got.As the first princess it seemed certain that she would be the replacement but the organisers chose to have a rerun.“Miss World is no longer about a girl’s beauty — it is about how she can use her beauty to help her country and vulnerable people in society — how to change the world with that beauty.From the plane I was received by my designer who dressed me and from there I went straight to profiling.But by then, the unlikely Zimbabwean representative, who only got involved in modelling in 2009 while doing ‘A’ Level at Goromonzi High School, had missed most of the Miss World Fast Track events, which contribute significantly to the final mark.I didn’t even have time to do make up — my eyes were sagging yet I had to sit in front of a camera and be interviewed,” narrated Hunda.Her first major test was the British visa, which came out several days after the Miss World boot camp had gotten underway.At the Miss World — the more one participates in the aforementioned fast track events, the more they are visible to scouts and the judges, yet Miss Zimbabwe was out of the picture.As the drama at the Miss Zimbabwe Trust reached comic levels, with the dethronements of Thabiso Phiri and her replacement Catherine Makaya — the latter getting the boot a few days before Miss World — the few interested parties followed the comedy in bewilderment while everyone else concentrated on politics. She has no striking features, and she left no mark at the just ended Miss World.
“The visa came out in the morning and by evening I was on my way to England,” she said.What makes it even worse is that even as fate fought for the University of Zimbabwe student to be crowned Miss Zimbabwe, the organisers of the pageant felt otherwise, in short, they had no confidence in her.“It seemed unrealistic, but it was a prayer answered,” said Hunda of the call to represent the country. Miss World is a big platform; it is a life changing opportunity.She says she surprised herself and the organisers as she just blended in — “doing even better than the girls that were already in camp”.By Mtandazo Dube Much like this year’s Zimbabwean Big Brother Africa representatives JJ and Butterphly’s stay in the reality show; third choice Miss Zimbabwe Tendai Hunda’s sojourn in London was a non-event.