Published June 18, 2012
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.