Audience and fellow contestants kick off after a new winner was crowned in the Zimbabwe’s 4th annual Mister Ugly contest.
Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Mison Sere citing the fact he’s lost a lot of his front teeth and his wide range of strange facial expressions, over former champ William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.
A rather angry Masvinu and his beloved fans surrounded the judges (not too dissimilar to Chelsea mobbing the ref when a decision goes against them, actually) claiming Sere was “too handsome” to win and his ugliness wasn’t natural enough as it was based on his missing teeth. Wait, what?
Talking about his rival Masvinu said: “I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is only ugly when he opens his mouth. Another contestant added: “Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating.”
Despite the scenes got rather… ugly (sorry), no one was injured and there was just a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced. Insults were hurled at the judges too. And the guys on the X Factor think they’ve got it tough.
Beauty pageants are quite popular in Zimbabwe and this type of scandal is not unusual. Earlier this year Miss Zimbabwe winner Emily Kachote faced a backlash on social media with many citizens branding her as ugly and underserving of her crown. Wow, just a bit harsh.
Just two weeks after she won her crown she have it up as images surfaced on her posing naked – which incidentally also happened to the former winner.
Sere simply dismissed the critics as just “sore losers” as he pocketed the $500 in winnings – fair play to him!
They should just accept that I am uglier than them. 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.
Pageant organiser David Machowa originally said that he began the contest to remove the stigma of ugliness and it involves three rounds of modelling, with individual and group struts down a catwalk of a Harare nightclub.
One of the judges, university student Abigail Mataranyika, said Masvinu’s loss was was purely down to a lack of effort on his part, stating that he “didn’t try hard enough”.
And who said looks are everything?