The face of Miss Nust 2018: Michelle Chikwengo

Dyson Murwira | Nust-ZW
3 min read

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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Reblogged from dysonmurwira.wordpress.com.
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