‘TAPES DESTROY REPUTATIONS’
…Miss Africa Continent bares the soul
…Warns other models
SHE has scored 23 titles out of 23 pageants she participated in both locally and beyond our borders.
However, the reigning Miss Africa Continent Pauline Debora Marere reckons models have become victims of blackmail.
She says businessmen target the vulnerable queens in the name of sponsorship before taking them outside the country where they make them se_x slaves.
The 24-year-old speaks ahead of her visit to Ghana early August where she is set to represent the country at the Miss Heritage Global 2019 from August 10 to 22.
She is set to contest against other 55 models from different countries.
“I am excited and a bit nervous that I am going to represent my country.
“If I do all my presentations in time I am leaving on August 5.
“It’s not going to be easy because I will be competing against 55 countries globally where the event is running from August 10 to 22,” said Pauline.
Pauline said previous success gives her strength and courage.
“I have 23 out of 23 titles and I am targeting Miss World.
“I am in need of my return flight to Ghana, a few African prints and our Zimbabwe costume for the grand finale.
“I am leaving Zimbabwe on the 9 August,” she said.
Vice president and founder of the pageant, Ronald Tisauke confirmed the state of preparedness.
“Preparations are at an advanced stage.
“We expect to have a world class event which will be the tipping point of our journey as a brand.
“The pageant will have coverage from five televisions stations which will be beaming it live around the world.
“Our objective as a pageant is to create awareness on the heritage issues globally as well as to preserve heritage and culture,” she said.
Asked if she has recorded tape, the top model said tapes can destroy reputations.
“I don’t record se_x tapes neither do I engage in such because I know it’s not good for me neither is it good for any model to do that because at the end of the day they tarnish the industry and as individuals.
“I have heard about them but the consequences are not good.
“I have never been blackmailed by anyone neither has anyone tried to do so and I don’t have anything to hide.”
Pauline reflected on her marriage plans.
“My goal is to get married soon after next year because I believe by that time I would be done with my modeling activities.
“Models get married because it’s a career that you can pursue for a certain time in your life.
“You cannot be a model at the age of 30 and that is why if you see the biggest pageant in the country, Miss World Zimbabwe, they require girls between the ages of 18 and 25 meaning that after 25 you cannot still be participating.
“This means that the international standard or age that is required is between 18 and 27, so after 27 life goes on, which means one has to be building a family.
“For instance, I am going to end my modeling career next year because I believe that this is the age I have targeted for myself.
“So definitely you can be a model for the entire life, it has time frame and looks at Hilda Mabu former top model is now happily married,” she said.
Pauline added that rich men are always after models.
“I believe as mature adults it’s wise to talk and be open to people. I always listen to everybody’s story, there is no need to scare anyone but rather hear their story and you take it from there.
“A lot happens whereby someone approaches you and offers you yet their intentions are bad but I always try to get sponsorship from companies or people that I know they can be of help.
“I have read of girls who have been moved to other places to be se_x slaves, drug dealers because they just fall for any trap, so that happens a lot.
“Girls should be careful of whom they ask for help or sponsorship because it’s not good out there,” said Pauline.
Pauline’s journey began long back.
“Modelling is something I always loved since I was very young but at that time there were no resources before we moved to South Africa.
“It was when I was doing grade eight and my mother encouraged me to be part of some before I did Miss Shoprite Western Cape and crowned the First Princess.
“From there I realized that it’s something that I can do and in 2017 I was crowned Queen of the Cape and from there I did a lot of pageants.
“It has opened more doors for me because I have been an ambassador for many organizations.
“Miss Africa Continent is one of the most prestigious and now I am focusing on Miss Heritage World where I am going to represent the nation in Ghana.”
The beauty queen said there are difficulties associated with the industry.
“It’s a more sensitive industry but with focus, one can succeed while gathering the wardrobe together is difficult.
“It’s all about knowing what you want if you know what you want no wind can blow you away.
“Temptations do come but know your goals as an individual.
She pledged to be an inspiration to the rural girls.
“I would love to be an inspiration where other girls can look unto especially those in the rural areas.
“Girls in rural areas think pageants are for the beauty and tall.”
To date, Marere has won several pageants including Miss Cape Peninsula University Bellville Campus 2017-2018 where she was crowned the Queen of the Cape 2017-2018, Face of Glitz and Glam 2017-2018 (Queen), Miss Cape Diva 2018 (Queen), Miss Glitz and Glam 2017-2018 (Queen), Miss Universities South Africa 2017-2018 (People’s Choice) and Miss Tourism Mashonaland West 2018 (Queen) among others.
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