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It has often been said that Zimbabwe based models come second best to their counterparts based in the Diaspora in beauty contests. That assumption was proved wrong when Harare based beauty,  Angeline Mandaba won the Miss August crown for the Face of Zimbabwe competition.

Face of Zimbabwe is a highly popular international internet based pageant which seeks to promote Zimbabwe abroad. The 25 year old picture perfect beauty becomes the first finalist based in Harare in a competition in which previous monthly winners have come from Zimbabweans based in South Africa, Canada, China, USA and the United Kingdom.

The 25-year old student of business management crowned Miss Angola UK is the fourth African winner: "Racism? It doesn't affect me"

The 25 year-old Angolan Luliana Leila Lopes da Costa Vieira is the new Miss Universe.

1.79 tall (5.10") with a dashing smile, Leila was born in Benguela, Angola, the daughter of immigrant parents from the Isles of Cape Verde. She studied business management in Great Britain, where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010.

“Keep knocking until an opportunity opens”

When she walks into a room, you know without a doubt a star has arrived, yet she is one of the most humble and down to earth people you will ever meet. Could that be the reason why everyone wants a piece of Top Model of Colour, Fashion Designer and Philanthropist Nana Afua Antwi? Pauline Long caught up with the supermodel for an exclusive one on one chat.

A Canada-based Zimbabwean student, Lisa Marovanidza has been named Miss July in the ongoing Face of Zimbabwe (FOZ) online beauty contest.

FOZ is an international online beauty pageant for Zimbabweans residing all over the world and the competition, which is experiencing a surge in popularity, is organised by a London-based firm, KMG Media that is run by Zimbabweans.

Miss Zambia UK Top Model has a soft spot for orphans and the less fortunate

Many people who aspire to become models easily become disheartened when they meet the first hurdles on their way. That’s the moment they realise that while modelling can be fun, it’s not an easy profession.

Musonda Malama, Miss Zambia UK Top Model didn’t allow the initial hurdles to discourage her from modelling. She’s proud of her achievements as a model and always willing to encourage aspiring models to pursue their dream with determination. “You have to love yourself as you are judged on your physical appearance first before anything else. So you need to be comfortable in your own skin so as not to be offended by casting directors or judges’ comments in competitions. Look after your skin and your body by eating healthy and exercising,” she advices aspiring models.

Professional model who was raised in care aspires to open an orphanage

London based professional model Roxanne Micheals has fully dedicated her modelling career to raising funds for military and children’s charities.

Roxanne, 43, is a mother of two (Christopher, 24 and Victoria, 20). She was born in Mauritius and is a mixed race of Chinese, South African, and Indian.

When she was nine years old, she was placed in care after her mother walked out on her, her sister, and two brothers. Roxanne’s father was unable to care for them full time due to work commitments. She resided in care for seven years, and it was during this period that she decided to become a model.

The search is already on for the next Top Models of Colour (TMC). The regional heats will take place in London on 14th (female) & 21st (male & female) August.

On its sixth year, Top Model of Colour whose motto is “Injecting colour into mainstream fashion” continues to be the pivotal competition for models of colour in the UK. It is looking for girls and guys who have a dream and aspire to be the next Naomi, Oluchi or Tyson Beckford.

Top Model of Colour continues to create opportunities and open doors for models of colour both male and female who are struggling to break into mainstream fashion. Over the years TMC has had thousands and thousands of entrants who have gone on to achieve recognition at varying levels within the fashion world.