Cecilia Kupera based in the United Kingdom, who was crowned Miss Zimbabwe UK last weekend at the Hinckley Island Hotel near Leicester been, is in the country.
She arrived on Thursday evening. Cecilia is a 19-year-old journalism student at the University of Salford and runs a magazine called Effuse which targets young people in the UK. Ivy Bennett was crowned First Princess while Rutendo Glenda Mugadza was the Second Princess.
The People’s Choice (based on online voting) went to Norma Ndebele while Letwin Chihoyi was voted Miss Photogenic. Judges of the function included actress Demitria Karonga, radio presenter Love Jones, Blessing Rufaro, who mentored former Miss Malaika – Brita Masalethulini, actor Ashley Majaya and Miss Ghana-UK 2014 Eloise Anima Dickens.
Kupera broke down in tears when she was announced the winner.
It was also reward for her persistence after she took part in the pageant in 2013 without winning anything.
She is from Glen Norah in Harare and went to the UK in 2010.
Kupera is not new to pageants and beauty laurels.
“I was crowned 1st Princess for Miss Diaspora UK which involved girls from different African countries. I was also crowned 2nd Princess for Miss Diversity UK and finally Miss Photogenic for Face of the Globe Zimbabwe UK.”
Outgoing Miss Zimbabwe UK 2014 Jacquie Moyo had some kind words for the young lady and promised to continue working with her and offer her support.
“It’s been a long and fruitful journey. I have had a lot of support from my family, friends, organisations, sponsors and the public (both in Zimbabwe and in the diaspora). I am excited for the future as I continue to work alongside the new Miss Zimbabwe UK (Cecilia Kupera) as she continues the good work,”
“I know she will do bigger and better things, which will grow the brand. I hope and trust will get even more support than I did as we build a network of people who will help us impact and empower our young Zimbabwean women. Thank you very much to all that journeyed with me and may God bless you,” said Jacquie Moyo.