Self-Proclaimed Fashion and Beauty addict and aficionado, Chiedza Mavangira, will soon take us on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into International Beauty Pageant, Miss Zimbabwe. Ahead of this uniquely first person perspective of the beauty pageant world, she chats with South African celebrity stylist, Ngugi Vere, for fashion and beauty advice for African women.
Gluttony? Anorexic Dreams!
In this world of anorexic dreams that are starved of hope due to the prevailing economic hardships worldwide, everyone is a glutton of worry. The emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical baggage that most of us are lugging around is not designer, but is certainly by design. How heavy you are is the first thing that others notice about you, especially when embarking on the life of a beauty queen. The weight of our souls need not be weighed by a fancy bathroom scale but by a more fine-tuned and sophisticated instrument that is inherent to all of us… our intuition.
We all know people who have a “heavy” energy. They rarely smile, they take a lot of coaxing to be happy, never laugh out loud and after we spend time with them, no matter how much we love them, we feel exhausted and drained. These are the obsessive consumers of all things unhealthy, like fear-based news, conspiracy theorists and naysayers with a very bleak expectation of the future. They religiously binge on propaganda, junk and fast foods. Everybody wants to emulate someone skinny in energy with a ready smile, a light and bubbly personality and always looking at the things from the bright side up.
I will put my money where my mouth is and enter an International Beauty pageant on these core principles and see how far I make it. I am a beautifully curvaceous African woman and I work out, eat healthy and embrace my body.
However, my hypothesis is that it is a size 0 personality that will win you a crown in a beauty pageant. Furthermore, I will pay homage to the region of Africa from which I hail by working remotely with a South African Glam squad. I believe that only they can capture the essence of whom I truly am!
So follow me behind the camouflage of transformational make-up, past the pseudo flawless personas that some project and into the truly awe inspiring journey of coveting the title of an International Beauty Queen.
Meet South African Celebrity Stylist Ngugi Vere!
I sat down with the well-know stylist to gain some insight into the industry and advice for my future endeavours. This is what he had to say:
Q: What inspired you to become a stylist?
A: “My love for clothes and helping people achieve their goals inspired me to be a stylist.”
Q: Who are some of the celebrities whom you have worked with?
A: “I have worked with South African, Nigerian and American Artists such as AKA, Bonang, Monique Bingham, Khuli Chana, Black Coffee, Da les, Tresor, Lungi Naidoo, Bongiwe Silinda, Bongi Mvuyana, 2Face, Tay Grin, Assessa, Mampho and now Chiedza Mavangira.”
Q: How many fashion weeks have you done?
A: “I’ve done a couple of Fashion weeks and my own shows in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya!”
Q: How do you respond to the challenge of styling me ahead of this event?
A: “It’s a good challenge and an interesting one as well. Because of the distance it will be cyber styling!” (I am based in the USA)
Q: What are some of the styling tips you have for African women?
A: “My styling tip will mainly focus on ‘Be bold/Be yourself!’ One needs to be happy, comfortable about who they are and brave enough to express it in the best way they can. Take everything into consideration from your etiquette, mind, your talk, your make-up, your clothing and last but never least your walk/runway strut!”
Join me on this enchanting journey to hopefully the most coveted price, the title of International Beauty Queen.
Author: Chiedza Mavangira