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The face of Miss Nust 2018: Michelle Chikwengo

Dyson Murwira | Nust-ZW
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As the svelte model glamorously waltzed on the ramp on the night of 14 April 2018, each step exuding utmost elegance and confidence, there was no way the gods would deny her their smile. Her prowess and weakening smile dazzled the judges and they just had to give Mitchelle the ultimate Miss NUST crown.

“I heard my name being called. I felt so overwhelmed. I felt so happy I felt so blessed. I felt so honored”, recalled a blushing Mitchelle Chikwengo, the recently crowned Miss NUST 2018.

The surreal moment of winning the crown over 16 other models was a relief to the beauty: “The journey wasn’t easy, I won’t lie. It was so stressful. So to actually hear that your hard work paid off was the best feeling ever!”

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Having started cat walking in Form 2 at Townsend High School in Bulawayo, the 21 year-old beauty always dreamt of winning gold. She said she resolutely resolved that she was going to go for the next pageant availed to her.

Being the fourth child in a family of four girls and two boys, Mitchelle attended Hillside Primary school in the early years of her life. She has always had a passion for modeling, as she reminisces taking part in modeling contests they had during play time back in the day. Her parents realised her love for the ramp, even though they had mixed feelings about this.

She recalls: “They knew I wanted to do modeling, but when I did start, like any other parent, they had their reservations. They wanted me to focus on school.”

In spite of this, they supported Mitchelle’s dream. In 2011, however, Mitchell took a sabbatical from modeling due to school commitment.

Her return to modeling in 2017 saw her being crowned Miss Personality at the Miss NUST 2017 pageant. With a CV this good, the reigning Miss NUST is justified enough more than any of us to set up Miss Tourism and Miss Zimbabwe as her next stops.

 

With the NUST crown now in the bag, Mitchelle aims to use her influence to create environmental awareness: “We have to start thinking green. Let’s be conscious about our environment. The environment takes care of us and if we don’t take care of it, future generations will not enjoy its benefits.”

The pressure of balancing modeling and school work has proven to be a juggernaut for the Environmental Science and Health second year student, which she has somehow managed to maneuvered. In the run up to the Miss NUST pageant, Mitchelle had to utilize her night time and weekends to study, as her days were swallowed by modeling.

“Its beauty with brains”, she said. “The brains have to work.”

When she is not in class or on the ramp, Mitchelle loves chilling out with friends and family and also reading. The self-confessed foodie also loves cooking and her favourite dish is dauphinoise potatoes with roast lemon and herb chicken.

Music wise, the bombshell is a fan of T-1nda, Acoustic Aura, Asaph and Ammara Brown. Her current playlist includes Pakisha by Dladla Mshunqisi, Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello and Your Spirit by Tasha Cobbs.

Having conquered NUST, Mitchell aims at being the face of international brands like Garnier. “I see myself going international”, she said.

With all this success befalling the glam queen, Mitchelle Chikwengo’s path is already set for greater exploits.

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Seh Calaz billed for Miss Nust 2018

Bongani Ndlovu

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ZIMDANCEHALL Superstar, Seh Calaz, will be the headline act at Miss Nust 2018 as preparations for the modelling show gather steam.

Seventeen beauties from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) will vie for the crown at the tertiary institution’s Ceremonial Hall on Saturday.

Boss Yala, as Seh Calaz is affectionately known, will be joined by Bulawayo’s top performers DJs Mzoe, Nospa, Teflon, TMK, IMG, Bongani, Sizzle, Kayceejay, Hollan, rapper Cliff Jeans and BK the Rep.

Zanele Ncube, Miss Nust organiser, said Seh Calaz was popular with students hence why they had invited him to come and perform.

“Seh Calaz was selected by the majority of students from Nust. We’re also trying to have a variety of artistes perform. At the beginning of the semester we had Winky D and now we’re hosting Seh Calaz,” said Ncube.

Taking to the ramp on Saturday will be students Petronella Mnkandla, Mitchelle Mupasi, Rumbidzayi Sumbereru, Michelle Chikwengo, Aulynda Mudzingwa, Fortunate Mlilwana, Moira Sibanda, Noxolo Sibanda, Thembelihle, Patience Chigwaza, Lisa Zhou, Medeline Madzungu, Samantha Moyo, Hazel Ndlovu, Nomaqhwa Sengwayo and Blessing Nyawo. The judging panel will comprise former Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Samantha Tshuma, Amanda Mtangadura and Gilmore Tee.

Preparations, Ncube said, were going well with the aspiring models ready to strut their stuff on the ramp.

“Everything is going according to plan. We’re just perfecting a few things with the models going through their routines. They’re being prepared by coaches from Open Eye Studio who’re helping them walk the ramp.”

Outgoing Miss Nust, Journalism student, Terai Moyo, will hand over the crown to her successor.

Watch How Terai Moyo Won The 2017 Contest

All eyes will certainly be on Miss Nust, one of the few notable pageants that the city hosts, especially considering that this pageant often produces quality models who go on to make names for themselves in the modelling industry. Models such as Ashley Morgen – a product of Nust – have gone on to win national pageants effortlessly as they are beauties with brains – a quality adored by most pageants.

Curated from chronicle.co.zw
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