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It Was All High Fashion Stakes at the Zimbabwe Models Awards

The Zimbabwe Models Awards provided 2016 with a rare moment of fashion artistry as industry heads turned up in masterful garments for what could become the country’s premier awards ceremony in terms of excellence.

Whether you turned your head to the right, left or you looked back or in the front, it was just a sea of a rainbow and a galaxy of jewels, gold, silver and diamonds.

The fashion stakes were just too high it made difficult to come up with the best-dressed persons of the night, and the venue helped as well, as Pablo’z VIP is known for its strict adherence to excellence.

Awards Director and Founder Mercy Mushaninga really provided a reimagined approach to the previous ceremony with all winners walking away with carefully carved trophies and certificates.

The event kicked off right on time, only that the rains affected the red carpet moments but the venue inside was arranged in such a way that you could actually see what everyone was wearing.

Running under the theme ‘Remembering the Life of Our Heroin Kiki Divaris’ the ceremony provided with it exciting categories like most flamboyant personalities.

Business persons Genius Kadungure and Zodwa Mkandla were crowned Most Flamboyant male and female respectively.

Most Flamboyant Wedding went to the first famliy’s  Bona and Simba Chikore.

Univesity of Zimbabwe’s youngest graducate Maud Chifambe won Best trendsetter education whilst singer and fashionista Cindy Munyavi won Best trend setter fashion.

Model Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen  was the biggest winner of the night as he walked away with trophies in Best Fashion Male Model, Best Commercial Model, Most Educated Model and Model Of the Year.                    

The recently branded Miss Tourism Zimbabwe took away Best pageant.


Here is a complete list of all the winners

Special Awards

KiKi Divaris

Hilda Mulenga

Malaika Mushandu

Nyasha Matonhodze

4 May

Washington Ali


Black Opal




Best Commercial Model

 Rujeko Mushove


Best Promotional Model

Fungai Charlyn Majaya


Best Pageant Model

 Tendai Hunda (under Miss Zimbabwe )

 Maita Kainga(under the exquisite Models)

Kuda Mapeture (Under Miss Deaf Zimbabwe)

 Tracey-Anne Buckley( Under Mrs Zimbabwe)

Tanaka Munyenyiwa (Under Miss Teen)


Most Curvaceous Model

Shelly Pope


Outstanding Charity Project

 Floret Chikowe

Yollanda Chimbarami


Most Talented Model

 Nancy Dzviti


Best Fashion Model

 Hilda Mabu (runway)

 Fungai Charlyn Majaya                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Most Photogenic Model

 Martha Vimbai Mangwaira

Fungai Charlyn Majaya


Best International Model

Tacey-Anne Buckley


Most Educated

Tendai Hunda


Best Female Entrepreneur

Lisa Morgan


Most Beautiful

Hilda Mabu


Best Yummy Mummy

 Nancy Li Chizhanje


Best Plus Size

 Hayley Ann Carstens


Best Master of Ceremony

 Candice Mwakalyelye


Most Promising Twins

 Lippie and Linda Ndagurwa                       



Best Commercial Male Model     

Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen


×Best Promotional Male Model

Tinotenda Mujoni


Outstanding Charity Project(Male)

Oliver Keith


Most Talented Male Model

Tawanda Marere


Best Fashion Male

Nesta Anemeyer(runway)

Rishabh Verma


×Most Photogenic Male Model

Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen


Best International Male Model

Rishabh Verma


Best Fitness Male Model

  1. Melgin Tafirenyika


Best Male Pageant

Marvin Tatenda Mukuyu (Mr Deaf Pageant)

Timothy Hogo


Best Master of Ceremony

Jefferson Muserera


Best Mature Model      

Brighton Mudirirei


Most Handsome

Jason Zhuwao


Best  Visual Advert

Melgin Tafirenyika


Most Educated Male Model

Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen


Male Entrepreneur of the year

Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen


Model of the year

Male: Michael Steve Reks Jacobsen

Female: Tendai Hunda                       


People’s Choice Awards

Male – Rishabh Verma

Female – Debra Mutowa                       


Teens (13-17 boys and girls)

  1. Mafaro Tinago
  2. Tanaka Munyenyiwa


Kid Models (Girls 8-12)

  1. Mudiwa Dabiya
  2. Tinotenda Kazangarare
  3. Nokutenda Hore
  4. Kyle Jack
  5. Alexander Taderera (Overall Outstanding )


Other Awards


  • Best Model Agency

Mudziyashe Model Agency(Harare)

AM Model Management(Byo)


  • Best Teen Pageant

Mr and Miss Interact


  • Best Pageant

Miss Tourism Zimbabwe


  • Most Promising Pageant

Mr and Miss Campus


  • Best International Pageant

Miss Zimbabwe UK


  • Best Fashion Show



  • Best Fashion Label

Body Slam


  • Best Choreographer

John Cole


  • Best Photographer



Best Photo Studio

Casa Studio


  • Best Fashion Designer

David F E Alford

Yvette Ndaba

Armur-bespoke (He was chosen as the King)

Maita Marimo


  • Best Fashion House

Bachelors Republic



  • Best Fashion Magazine


Zimbo Jam (Online)


Best Etiquette Book

Zimbabwe Image Consultancy


  • Best Fashion Journalist

Zimbojam Fashion Blogger (Tsitsi Ndabambi)

Newsday ( Winstone Antonio)


  • Best Beauty Shop
  1. Hair World


  • Best Cosmetic Brand
  1. Vault


  • Best Trend Setters Female

Cindy Munyavi (fashion )

Maud Chifamba(education)


Best Trend Setters Male

Tafadzwa Zimoyo


  • Most Flamboyant Male

Genius Kadungure


  • Most Flamboyant Female

Zodwa Mkandla


  • Most Flamboyant Wedding

Simba and Bona Chikore


  • Best Entertainment

Harare International Carnival


Cleanest City


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