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Zimbabwe's Cynthia crowned Miss Global International

MISS GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL: Cynthia is flanked by Vehae Tjirianje of Botswana (left) and second runner-up, Jamaica's Camille Box.
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By Showbiz Reporter

ZIMBABWEAN beauty Cynthia Muvirimi has been crowned Miss Global International, the second time in as many years the crown has gone to a Zimbabwean.

Ropafadzai Garise was the reigning Miss Global International.

Muvirimi, who lives in the UK, was picked from a pool of 15 contestants at the beauty pageant held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday night.

Muvirimi, 24, was first princess during the Miss Malaika UK 2006 pageant, and also had a crack at the Miss Intercontinental title in Bahamas.

Despite the show starting a little over an hour late, it was one of the few productions that went by quickly, reports the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

The L'Acadco Dance Company did several African-inspired pieces throughout the night and the audience loved it.

The audience also enjoyed some of the national costumes the girls paraded. Among the best costumes were Miss Nicaragua's, Kathiel Lampson, wearing a white costume with makeshift wings, and Miss Trinidad and Tobago's, Amanda Chedu, with a carnival inspired piece - she eventually won the sectional prize for 'Best Costume'.

Also getting a few stares from the audience was Miss United States, Jamie Varney; it was however, for the wrong reasons. While dressed in a Cherokee outfit, she donned red thigh length boots and did toned down body building poses.

Before the queen was crowned, the hosts, Alicia Moulton and Andrew Lawrence, announced the sectional prizes. Miss Bahamas, Sharon Rolle, was awarded 'Most Talented'; Miss Zimbabwe, Cynthia Muvirimi, 'Most Aware' and Miss Barbados, Cherrie-Ann Fung-A-Fat, 'Most Congenial'.

Throughout the show, Miss Bahamas, Sharon Rolle, had been a crowd favourite; however, to the surprise of many, she did not make the top five.

Those who did were Miss Nicaragua, Kathiel Lampson; Miss Zimbabwe, Cynthia Muvirimi; Miss Jamaica, Camille Box; Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda Chedu and Miss Botswana, Vehae Tjirianje.

The tense atmosphere intensified when the top three were announced. Miss Jamaica was the second runner-up, Miss Botswana, who most thought would win, came in second and Miss Zimbabwe emerged the winner.

Ropafadzai Garise, last year's winner, was was unable to attend the coronation show.

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