HARARE’S ugliest man has revealed he can’t wait to roll in the cash – by making APPEARANCES.
William Masvinu, 38, crowned Mr Ugly Harare two weeks ago, has gone back to his everyday job shifting wares for market traders in Mbare with a push-cart.
But the married father-of-one admits being slightly disappointed that his win has not translated to lucrative endorsements by advertising agencies, clothing lines and paid public appearances at major events – as happens with female winners of beauty pageants.
“I’m expecting to benefit a lot from being Mr Ugly, and I hope that this will go a long way in improving my lifestyle. I’m expecting to go places and I am ready to take part in the national contest because I heard that I will be going to Bulawayo and eventually South Africa to compete with others,” he said.
Masvinu, from Epworth, won US$100 and a voucher to sleep at a Harare hotel – but he passed up the opportunity to spend a night tucked in with his wife, Alice. Instead, he plans to redeem the voucher for cash.
He told the Herald: “I’m struggling to make ends meet. I’m going to redeem the vouchers for cash, which I will use at home.
“I’m appealing to promoters, musicians and companies to consider engaging my services during their shows and other events where I can feature because I strongly feel that the title of Mr Ugly goes hand in hand with these sectors. This will help me earn something for myself and my family.
“Those who wish to contact me can do so on +263734 510 483.”
The Dynamos fan says being ugly is a gift from God, adding: “Why should I be ashamed of my God-given gift? Rather, I should put it to good use.
"Ugliness is something you can’t run away from. I did not choose to be ugly and that alone makes me special in a different way.”