The fourth edition of Zimbabwe’s Mr Ugly was held on Friday 20 November 2015, at a night club in the country’s capital. Though there was a bit of drama, as there were concerns over the ‘ugliness’ of the eventual winner, Zimbabwe yet again has an Ugly ambassador.
The contest, running since 2011, with the exception of last year where the organiser failed to source a sponsor, was formed to “remove the stigma around ugliness”, rewarding those that would otherwise be shunned and have doors shut in their faces because of their looks. Though there would be a semi-final that trimmed the contestant from 36 to 12, 4 shreks chickened out and never pitched up on the night.
When you enter an Ugly contest and have William Masvinu as a competitor, you know that you’re going to have stiff competition. Masvinu, on the night was the current holder of the title and had won the contest in 2012 as well, had done his best to remain repulsive and hideous. Firm favourite to take the crown on the night, it would turn out not to be.
and The Ugly
Step on stage Maison Sere, an unemployed and toothless contestant, who having entered previous Mr Ugly competitions failed to impress by finishing an agonising fourth. Sere used “tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts” thus enabling him to pocket the $500 prize money and the claim to fame.
If you were waiting to read that this is a joke, then sorry, we can’t tell you that. This pageant is real, the characters and events are real too. Why would anyone in their right mind want to do such? Not only does Maison Sere give a hint in his winning speech: “I hope to get a TV contract. I already moved around schools performing and showcasing my ugliness so this is a chance to make it on TV”, but we also see the opportunity of brand endorsements that a winner could do.
We’ll keep you updated as to when entries for the next Mr Ugly are being accepted…