William Masvinhu, right, winner of the Mr Ugly competition poses for a photo with his wife Alice at a local club in Harare, Tuesday, May, 29, 2012. The competition which is in its second year was won by William Masvinhu who walked away with US$100 in cash and one night accommodation voucher at a 3 star hotel while Freddy Mwanda came second walking away with US$50. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)AP2012
HARARE, Zimbabwe – The latest winner of Zimbabwe's Mr. Ugly pageant has ambitions.
William Masvinu, who won the second edition of the pageant last month, makes his living carrying loads for shoppers in a market in the impoverished western Harare township of Mbare. The victory has made him a local celebrity, but the modeling offers he thought he'd be getting aren't yet pouring in.
He says, "Being ugly is not a curse," and that his face makes him special.
Organizers say they started the pageant as a novel way to entertain audiences. Zimbabwe already has a host of conventional beauty contests.