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William Masvinu

William Masvinu, winner of the Mr Ugly competition poses for a photo with his wife Alice at a local club in Harare.

William Masvinu, 38, who won the second edition of the pageant last month, makes his living carrying loads for shoppers in a market in the impoverished western Harare township of Mbare. The victory has made him a local celebrity, but the modeling offers he thought he’d be getting aren’t yet pouring in.

“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,” he said.

I am ready to show the world my gift,” he said. “Being ugly is not a curse. It’s a gift God gave me and I’m proud of it. My face makes me special and I am not making any excuses about it.”

Organizers say they started the pageant as a novel way to entertain audiences. Zimbabwe already has a host of conventional beauty contests.

Masvinu beat four other ugly men to land the title, $100 in cash and a night at a hotel. Masvinu said he cashed in the hotel voucher to buy food.  “It didn’t make sense to sleep in a nice hotel on an empty stomach,” he said.

When he smiles, it looks like he is crying or in pain, his fans say. His wife, Alice Chabhanga, isn’t concerned about his looks.
At his side in the market, Chabhanga said she was drawn to Masvinu because of his kindness, cheerfulness and humor in the hardest of times.

“She was the only one who wanted me and she knows she has no competition,” Masvinu said.

AWWWW..IF THIS WASN’T A TRUE STORY, I’D BE LAUGHING MY HEART OUT…HOW CAN MR. UGLY BECOME A MODEL IF HE’S SO UGLY?? IJS

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