Use it or lose it. By that we mean looks. Although it is known that good looks can be a factor in certain aspirations, bad looks work the same wonders in this case.
William Masvinu, 38, is the most recent winner of Zimbabwe’s Mr. Ugly pageant. With expectations of fame and fortune, Masvinu is convinced that flaunting his opposite-of-handsome looks, will lead him to his destiny.
Can radio stations enter the pageant? If so then we’re about to be rich and famous…on the catwalk, yeah we’ll do our little turn on the catwalk.
This could get ugly…
[pullquote quote="I am ready to show the world my gift. Being ugly is not a curse. It's a gift God gave me and I'm proud of it." credit="William Masvinu"].
U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi, you ugly. Mighty proud of it too!
Masvinu’s life consists of hauling loads for shoppers in a market of the western Harare township of Mbare. As the Mr. Ugly pageant has made him a local celebrity, he still has dreams like the rest of us. His dreams include modeling offers pouring in simply due to the way he was born.
Masvinu exceeded past four other (ugly) men in the pageant, landing the title, one hundred dollars cash and a night at a hotel. He spent the hard earned money and hotel voucher on food. Without fuel how would he have the confidence to strut his stuff among the ugly competition. Pun intended.
[pullquote quote="I was expecting to do some adverts and some modeling if I was asked. But I'm still poor, still carrying loads of cabbages onto buses." credit="William Masvinu"]
While Zimbabwe holds conventional beauty pageants, the Mr. Ugly pageant arose out of hope to entertain audiences. They sure as heck have the right idea. If this doesn’t entertain audiences, what does?
While William has been rejected and neglected his entire life, due to his looks, he is making something positive out of what could be seen as a misfortune. Hey, he’s even got a honey by his side too.