Organisers of the ongoing Miss Glam and Glory beauty pageant have taken the contest to rural areas in some of the districts of the country.
So far, 13 participants have been shortlisted for the next round of auditions after organisers held events in Kasungu and Dedza over the weekend.
In Kasungu, seven participants auditioned and three were picked while in Dedza the same number of contestants were taken from 10, according to Glam and Glory representative Faith Kaunde.
“Miss Glam and Glory Kasungu is Getrude Banda while in Dedza it is Annie Kantchowa. This means we have wrapped up the auditions in the Central Region and we are heading to Mzuzu in two weeks’ time. We will do about four events before hitting Southern Region, Blantyre, Chiradzulu and Mangochi.
“Fifteen finalists at national level will be announced on dates to be communicated. Winners will become ambassadors of making and using of reusable sanitary pads,” said Kaunde.
Judges Diana Domoya and Malumbo Gondwe are at the helm of the pageant. They are looking for confidence, catwalk and height, according to Kaunde.
In a separate interview, 19-year-old Banda, who is also a Catholic University student of Social Work and Special Needs Education said: “I am excited to be crowned Miss Glam and Glory Kasungu and my dream is in line with the goal of the pageant—empowering women.”
She said there is a lot of talent in the district but there is no exposure.
“I hope to use my influence to reach out to such youths and create a platform where people can get to know more of what they do,” said Banda.
The other participants that have made it to the next level are Natasha Chalema and Fadzayi Gawa in Kasungu, while in Dedza there is Tadala Mbughi and Tina Mbeya.
Apart from the two districts, auditions have also taken place in Lilongwe City in five communities.
So far, at the district level, Miss Glam and Glory, with the help of chiefs has helped 50 women and girls by giving them four reusable sanitary pads.