The latest winner of Zimbabwe’s Mr. Ugly pageant has ambitions of fame and fortune. But, so far, he remains a simple market porter.
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.”
Before he reached his teens, he was herding cattle in southern Zimbabwe. Masvinu said when he went out hunting for a regular job, it wasn’t easy.
“Whenever employers open the door and see me, they go, ‘Ahh,’ and shut it,” he said.