By Kunle Adedoyin
Zimbabwean born Vimbai Chapungu has been crowned Miss London 2019, the first black woman to hold the glamorous title.
Vimba, 24, a Masters Degree student with a passion for ‘learning about the world and the people in it’, hopes to use her title to raise awareness about development issues and hopes to empower communities.
Vimbai recently was a finalist in the Miss England Final, won by Bhasha Mukherjee, a 23-year-old junior doctor from Derby, who will now go on to compete at Miss World which is this year being held in London on Dec. 14.
The 50 finalists out of other 20,000 women that entered this year’s Miss England competition, were taken through many activities, including a Sports Round, Talent Round, an eco-wear round and a general knowledge quiz.
As the first Black woman to have the Miss London title, Vimbai took advantage of this by wearing her natural hair during the Miss England finals to highlight natural beauty to the audience, where she was placed in the top 3 of 55 for the bare faced model title.
Her Masters thesis is about the Natural Hair Movement, which is a social phenomenon that seeks to empower Black women to wear their hair in its natural state, as opposed to chemically processing/relaxing their hair which has adverse health issues.