ZIMBABWE will return to the prestigious Miss Universe pageant after a 22-year hiatus.
Model Brooke Bruk-Jackson was crowned the first Miss Universe Zimbabwe since 2001 and will now compete on the international stage in El Salvador.
Who is Brooke Bruk-Jackson?
Brooke is a 21-year-old Zimbabwean model who has been working in South Africa for five years.
Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Brooke attended the British Academy of Fashion Design in London before taking a job as a beauty therapist in Cape Town.
She signed with Boss Models South Africa at the end of 2022 before deciding to enter the Miss Zimbabwe pageant this year.
When did Brooke Bruk-Jackson win Miss Universe Zimbabwe?
Brooke was crowned Miss Universe Zimbabwe on September 16, 2023 and will compete in the global competition later this year in November.
After winning, Brooke wrote on her Instagram: “My heart is full of joy and gratitude. Thank you to each and every one of you for your kind messages and support. God is good!”
“I received this crown for our beautiful country, to love and serve our people, to represent Zimbabwe internationally and to show the world the uniqueness of Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans.”
“I want to be an example of grace, understanding and inspiration to the youth of Zimbabwe, conveying the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ and knowing that together we are strong and anything in life is possible.”
“Ubuntu” is a Zimbabwean term meaning “humanity towards others” and is used to remind Zimbabweans that “I am what I am because we all are.”
Who were the runners-up for the Miss Universe Zimbabwe crown?
Zimbabwe’s Amanda Mpofu and Nokutenda Marumbwa were crowned first and second runners-up in the competition.
After Brooke’s coronation, some internet users were outraged because Brooke, a white model, was crowned while the majority of the country’s population is black.
But Brooke told ZTNPrime: “One of my biggest things is no matter what country you come from. For example, if you come from an African country, you can participate no matter what skin color you have.”
“They can belong to any culture and background. No one should define you by the color of your skin, the way you look or the shape of your body.”