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Diaries Of A Majestically Tall Girl

Sharon Mapoka | University of Zimbabwe
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My name is Sharon Mapoka. I’m a 19-year old Zimbabwean girl living with a rare height. I’m 6 feet 3 that is 1,94m. I’m a model.

I love pageantry because I have a great height.

I’m a basketball player. I’m proudly tall.

Not forgetting I’m family oriented. I’m currently studying Social Work.

I’m just a girl who is chasing her dreams. All thanks to my friends in all social media for supporting my dream. I have faced a lot of difficulties as a tall girl.

Insensitive people really made my life hell especially in high school.

Sometimes I wished there was a way I could get shorter, Height Reduction Surgery perhaps.

I then met a friend who has become a sister to me. Miss Gladys Mwedzi.

She advised me to be myself, she taught me self-love and motivated me to become the Queen that I am today. Being extraordinarily tall comes with more of hardships than benefits.

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PEOPLE’S VIEWS

I remember at school my history teacher used to refer to me as the Conical Tower found at Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

It was painful because people would laugh at me, I had to live with it. I was just a student so yeah there was nothing I could do. I have been called too tall.

People asking me why I’m this tall, as if I created myself. Only God has the reason to why he made me so! From being called ‘tower light’, tallest object, lighting conductor such was my life growing up. I think people should stop constantly making fun of my height.

Yes am tall, God made me so and I really like it like that. People should just learn to live with it and accept me for who I am.

SHOPPING FOR SHOES AND CLOTHING IS A STRUGGLE

As a tall girl shopping for clothing is a pain. Basically every pair of Jeans I own stops way above my ankles.

All thanks to the turn up trend, I wear my jeans that way. Dresses are always too short for me, the painful part is that those that fit are not nice most of the time. Not to mention my shoes.

I started having shoe size problems when I was doing form two. Since then I don’t remember owning a proper pair of shoes.

And recently I had to quit Miss Tourism Zimbabwe because I could not find stilettos that fit my foot.

I always wear these leather slippers made by the men in the street pavements.

Sometimes I envy other girls. How they rock heels, pumps e.t.c. I wish God sees me through so that one day I also get to own good shoes like everyone else.

It’s frustrating when heels are just what you need to compliment an outfit but you can’t wear them because you don’t own even a pair.

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MARRIAGE ANXIETY

So as I grew up most people used to say where will you find a partner of your height. This eventually became one of my greatest fears growing up, not being able to find a partner because of being too tall. And I still have the fear, wondering if I’ll ever find someone my height.

My Jamaican friend Miss Adrienne Bailey who is 6 feet flat also has the same fear. I have since

realized that it is a fear most tall girls have. Yes nowadays its normal for a girl to be taller than her partner. So, yeah, when I see a couple with this girl being taller I feel motivated.

But still it is this general thinking that the guy should be taller.

BEING THE TALLEST ALMOST EVERYWHERE I GO IS A PAIN

At school I was the tallest. I would feel out of place especially during assembly time. I tower over people when am standing but now I don’t care as much about it as I did then.

I hate attention but my height just brings more and more of it. It’s just hard to be tall. It’s a struggle to even go to town because you’ll know your height will call a lot of attention.

Well, in conclusion all I can say is that I have learnt to live with my height. I wish people would be kinder with their words and be aware of how badly they are affecting others by labeling them.

I may have stopped growing in height, but I will continue to grow to love my height and to love myself for who I am. I’m just perfect as I am.

And finally growing to be comfortable with my height makes me super excited. I thank my parents for this awesome height as I believe it’s going to take me places. They are both tall by the way. There are a lot of things to love about being majestically tall.

My heart hurts though because no matter how hard I try to make people understand my height. Some won’t stop trying me!

First published in Chinanaz Magazine_ UZ
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Law student lands Miss Tourism Bulawayo crown

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TWENTY-FOUR year-old law student with University of South Africa Anelisiwe Ndebele was on Saturday crowned Miss Tourism Bulawayo provincial winner after she shrugged off competition from a bevy of 22 models at Rainbow Hotel in Bulawayo.

The pageant was the last round of the search for models who will contest in the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe national finals on September 8 in Bulawayo where Ndebele will represent Bulawayo province.

For her efforts, Ndebele, a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree and currently works as a procurement officer at Techno Expert Construction Company pocketed $2 000 courtesy of pageant sponsors, Progress Mines and Consha Enterprise headed by businessman and politician, Farai Taruvinga.

Sibusisiwe Falala and Tendai Sibanda came first and second princess respectively, while Natasha Gora became Miss Personality with Thelma Ncube being named the most promising model.

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Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ) Bulawayo queen Anelisiwe Ndebele flanked by first princess Sibuisiwe Falala and second princess Tendai Sibanda (left)

Ndebele and Falala are all under the mentorship of Open Eye Studios run by former Miss Zimbabwe Samantha Tshuma.

“I am overwhelmed with this achievement, I thank everyone who has supported my journey and most importantly Fingers Academy for giving the girl child a chance to showcase a talent. Special acknowledgment goes to my mentor Samantha Tshuma of Open Eye Studios,” Ndebele said.

“Preparing for the national finals starts today, and I hope to keep the crown in the City of Queens and Kings.”

The national licence holder for Miss Tourism Zimbabwe and Fingers Academy director Sarah Mpofu Sibanda was happy with the progress they have made so far.

“It was not an easy road doing all the provincial finals. I thank our provincial licence holders who pulled great pageants and also providing the best models who will do duty on September 8 here in Bulawayo,” she said

The pageant coincided with Fingers Academy’s 30th anniversary.

“I thank everyone who has supported us as Fingers, the models we have worked with. We will continue churning out not just models, but ambassadors who will represent the city, the country and the continent,” Mpofu Sibanda said.

Guests at the pageant were left in stitches by host, Babongile Skhonjwa who treated them to a lively stand-up comedy show in-between the models’ sessions.

Source - chronicle.co.zw / nust.ac.zw

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

ASHLEY MORGEN CROWNED MISS TOURISM 2016

​NUST MARKETING student and Bulawayo contestant Ashley Morgen has been crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2016.

Morgen got her crown at a glamorous event held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre on Friday.

Nonhlanhla Dube also named Miss Agro Tourism and Shirley-Ann Lindsey, Miss City Tourism were the  princesses.

Morgen walked away with a $20,000, a car and other prizes. Dube scooped $10,000 while Lindsay got $5,000.

The glamorous event set the standard for pageants for Zimbabwe for both presentation and prizes handed out. Some calls  have been made for the organisers under the leadership of Barbara Mzembi to take over the Miss Zimbabwe stewardship but we are pretty keen to see where next she will take what was a very successful campaign. 

Source:3mob.
 

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