Mrs Universe finalists turn up the heat in Durban

Mrs Universe contestants enjoyed some down time ahead of the World Finals at Durban’s ICC on Saturday. More than 80 women are competing for the Mrs Universe title.

Mrs Universe finalists from around the world turned up the heat in Durban this week as they took in the sights and sounds of the city ahead of tonight’s Mrs Universe World Finals at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The mums and wives from 86 countries kept to a tight schedule, combining rehearsals and CSI initiatives with ‘’play” time. They visited three schools in the greater Durban area on Monday  to speak to pupils about the importance of education, went to Phezulu Safari Park on Tuesday, sampled the city’s wide variety of culinary offerings every day, were treated to a fashion evening on Thursday and soaked up the sun during a First Day of Spring poolside shoot, yesterday morning.

Extra Marks and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) handled the education leg of the Mrs Universe schedule, organising visits to Bhekisisa High School in Ntuzuma and two schools in Umlazi, namely Menzi High School and Vukuzakhe High School.

Contestants inspired pupils with personal stories of overcoming challenges and contributions to their local communities. On Thursday, finalists spent the morning with orphaned and vulnerable children at Liv Village in Verulam and in the evening attended an exclusive Ladies Fashion Evening at Beluga, Gateway where models from EMM Models and Mobile Model Management showed off couture garments from Fabric and Bridal World.

The evening of glitz and glam was made possible by Gerald Wells Hair Professionals and Products, Kryolan, Le-Fem, the Beluga Group, Pongracz, Cruz, Fabric and Bridal World and Red Bull. It was a case of “too much of hot” yesterday morning when contestants welcomed Spring with a poolside shoot at Riverside Hotel in their specially-designed swimsuits by Dax Martin Swimwear.

Swanking in their Soda and Sand sunglasses, they got in some R&R ahead of an afternoon of intense rehearsals. The shoot was also made possible by Le-Fem, Vodacom and Sunlife Vitamins. Meanwhile, organisers have been working frantically to make sure the World Finals will be a show to remember. The global spotlight will be on Durban as Mrs Universe is crowned for the first time in Africa.

One of KZN’s most celebrated entertainers and local icon, Clive Gumede aka The Durban Divo, will put the contestants through their paces – literally. Gumede, who is no stranger to the local arts and theatre scene and has a top-notch reputation – and awards – for his phenomenal performances, is the World Final show producer and choreographer.

“It feels good and we are proud to be part of this project especially because it is the first time the event will be held in Africa, and DURBAN has won the hosting rights,” said Gumede.


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