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Winner of Zimbabwe's Mr. Ugly pageant hopes unusual honor will lead to modeling career

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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)

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.