Reigning Mister Glamour Zimbabwe Runner up, Takudzwa Hove, on Saturday left the country for Alicante, Spain, where he will represent the country at the Miss and Mister Model Mediterraneo Global pageant slated for November 15 to 21.
Mister and Miss Model Mediterraneo Global is an international beauty pageant that started in 2016 and it celebrates and promotes young people in the modeling and fashion sector by giving them a platform to showcase their talents on an international scale.
He will join 39 other models from different continents.
In an interview, with Review & Mail, Hove said he was well prepared and was elated to be the first Zimbabwean to contest at the global pageant.
“I’m hoping that it will open the door to many more Zimbabweans like me. Coming from a hospitality background it was a bit of a bumpy start but the road gets smoother the more you practice,” said Hove.
“It’s really exciting but equally nerve-wracking. I have been going through feelings of great joy and extreme anxiety. Representing your country for anything is a true honor that anyone would dream of so I’m just going to try my best to be level-headed and do my country proud.
“It’s been an exciting journey. Still, quite a short one considering it’s my second year of being a model. But it’s been nothing short of fantastic. My fingers are crossed for the title but deep down I know I’ve put in the work to definitely have a podium finish.”
He said Miss and Mister Model Mediterraneo Global is much more than a beauty pageant.
“It is a fusion between fashion, culture, and tourism. It is an intense week in which countries around the world are represented through national candidates who mingle with the customs and cultures of the other candidates.”
A holder of a Diploma in Hospitality Management and over eight American Hotel & Lodging Institute Certificates, Hove was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in Mozambique, and schooled in South Africa.
“This is what makes me a “natural” when it comes to hospitality. I am fluent in English and Shona but also speak basic Portuguese and French. My people skills are what I would say puts me apart from most individuals,” said Hove.
“I feel that I acquired this skill due to the fact that I have lived in four different countries namely Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa. I have also done some traveling around the world and learned acceptance and knowledge about a lot of different cultural backgrounds.”