Zimbabwean beauty pageant winner, 22-year-old Sithembiso Mutukura has been shocked with a cash prize of $85 after beating 12 other contestants to emerge the winner of the Zimbabwe’s first Miss Albino beauty contest.
The contest which according to the organisers is aimed at reducing the stigma attached to albinism and also to increase awareness of the condition ended with the 22-year-old emerging the winner of the competition.
The competition, tagged “Beauty Beyond the Skin” held on Friday in Zimbabwe making the country the second African country to host such event after Kenya.
A social work student at the University of Zimbabwe, Mutukura, who emerged the winner of the competition opened up on joining the competition as part of her aim to increase awareness about the genetic condition which affects the skin.
She said: “The people with disabilities are always looked down upon even in schools. I have gone through a lot but I want people living with albinism to be brave and persevere in life.”
She added after she was crowned: “We must continue to advocate for our rights and I hope my win will empower the girl child. People with disabilities must not look down upon themselves.”