Friday, February 17, 2012

Mr. Ugly 2012 is back again!

Last year's winner in the middle
The things that happen in Zimbabwe never cease to amaze me. Case in point the Mr. Ugly 2012 pageant.

The contest seeks to find the ugliest man in Zimbabwe and will be held on March 28th at Pagomo Heights Leisure Centre in Beitbridge. The theme of this year's contest is the "Beauty of Ugliness". Isn't beauty subjective?  The judges are usually a panel of women and I honestly wonder what criteria they use to select their winner? What standards of beauty are we as Zimbabweans saying are "ugly"?

Austin Mbewe
Last year's winner Austin Mbewe walked away with a whooping $175 and a blanket after being deemed the ugliest man in Zimbabwe. Event organiser Lovemore Chonzi, a retired member of the Zimbabwe National Army band Lovemore Chonzi of Aerowise Entertainment said 30 men from all over the country have entered "The pageant is bigger and unique this year. We are open to many contestants from across the Southern African region."

Would you enter such a contest? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder?

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