Twenty young women turned up for auditions for this year’s Miss Blantyre on Saturday at Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) in Blantyre.
The organisers of the beauty pageant have since described the quality of the contestants as great.
During the morning session The Nation witnessed the auditions of the 12 aspiring beauty queens. Others were auditioned in the afternoon.
However, there were some who asked the organisers to reschedule the auditions.
“There were about 22 aspirants. 12 were auditioned in the morning, three in the afternoon, but seven asked for rescheduling of the auditions,” said Daniel Ngwira, chairperson of Miss Blantyre beauty pageant.
The aspiring beauty queens looked prepared for the auditions during the morning session which saw them going through tests in the categories of intelligence quotient (IQ), catwalk, personality and appearance, among others.
“Being an examination, it was somewhat a challenge for some, while some performed really excellent. We had some that really impressed both on appearance and intellectual fronts. However, a few seemed not to have done proper homework. But quality was in extreme,” said Ngwira.
In line with the slogan of Miss Blantyre advances the motto ‘Beyond Beauty’, the auditions expected a fair level of creativity from the aspirants, something that proved a challenge.
The audition also had a professional photo-shoot, which took Miss Blantyre aspirants through a camera challenge.
The mood of the auditions was uplifted by the brief presence of the reigning Miss Blantyre Hannah Mhone who delivered a motivational speech.
“Time has come for beauty modelling to have meaning in the country. And we are the ones to make it carry such weight. Don’t be discouraged,” she said. n