Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ) pageant patron Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda said they have removed the A-Level certificate minimum academic requirement for aspiring models to participate in the competition saying that they did not want to exclude people who would have failed to complete their studies for varying reasons.
She said those who wish to compete should be aged between 18-24 years, 1,67 metres tall and above, have never given birth or known to have been pregnant at any given point. They should be unmarried, have no criminal record, no tattoo or highly visible marks and hold a valid Zimbabwean passport or identification card. Said Mpofu-Sibanda:
Now, all we want is for the contestants to have a recognisable academic background. This means we want evidence that you learnt somewhere. We’re doing this because we don’t want to shut out models who might have failed to complete their O-Levels but have the passion and looks for the industry. To disqualify them just because they don’t have the minimum requirements isn’t fair.