HAVING done cultural modelling in Miss Zimbabwe, Miss Zimbabwe Canada and now Miss AfriCanada, the journey has been an uphill task but never an insurmountable one for Thandiwe Vela, Zimbabwe’s representative in Miss AfriCanada 2013 to be held next month.
The Annual African Heritage Pageant, Miss AfriCanada pageant, popularly referred to as “Africa’s Finest Night in Toronto”, is a contest which brings on stage a variety of young beautiful women of African origin for an educative and entertaining competition.
Since its inception in 1999, the pageant has continued to assist and inspire young forward-thinking women to realise their potential so that they can be the role models and mentors for those following in their footsteps.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail Leisure, 25-year-old Vela said she was excited to showcase Zimbabwe’s rich culture in the 15th edition of Miss AfriCanada.
“I’m excited. It’s a great feeling to be representing Zimbabwe and showing the world our rich culture.
“I have always enjoyed modelling since I was young. It was not an easy journey, but I have always believed that I can do it and I have. I hope that I can win this contest.
“I have done cultural modelling for several years in Miss Zimbabwe and Miss Zimbabwe Canada, so I believe I have attained experience to put this one in the bag,” Vela said.
Born Thandiwe Vela in Zimbabwe in 1988, the catwalk queen relocated to Canada with her parents where she is still based today.
She attended school in Canada and later graduated in journalism and drama before she came back to Zimbabwe to do her internship on The Herald.
Besides being in modelling, Vela is currently working for The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto as a business reporter.
Vela also said she was looking forward to using the platform of Miss AfriCanada to encourage and inspire young Zimbabwean and African girls in the diaspora to achieve their dreams and fulfil God’s plans for their lives.
In her spare time Vela likes to do athletics as well as connecting with her friends and relatives in Zimbabwe through social media.
“I am a natural athlete and I do athletics in my spare time. I competed in track and field events up to university level in 60 metre sprint events, triple jump and 200 metre relay. I like to connect with people in Zimbabwe and I also enjoy visiting my grandmother kumusha in Zhombe,” she said.