Zimbabwe's first Miss Albinism 2018 was celebrated this week. Sithembiso Mutukura, a 22 year was the own who took the crown. The pageant, tagged beauty beyond the skin, which was used to create awareness on albinism.
Sithembiso Mutukura won the country's first beauty pageant that was held to celebrate beauty in people with albinism.
Mutukura is social work student at the University of Zimbabwe. She beat 12 other participants and won $85. She was so happy to support people who are living with her condition.
"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."
"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."
Brenda Mudzimu Chibvongodze organized the pageant and she too lives with albinism. She is from a family of four and her passion for uplifting children with albinism, runs deep in her blood.
Unfortunately the pageant did not go on last year due to funding issues. It is meant to be an annual event to help decrease the negative stigma held against albinos.
In places like South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique, albinos live a hard and fearful life and for this, awareness is greatly needed.
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