An unemployed man was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man – but the competition turned nasty when the runner-up accused judges of being biased.
Maison Sere, who has several teeth missing and wore torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize – a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment.
But William Masvinu, a three-time Mr Ugly winner who walked off with a $100 second prize this year, cried foul.
Maison Sere was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man in the annual competition in the Zimbabwe’s capital Harare
Mr Sere, who has several teeth missing, beat off five other contestants to be crowned winner of the for the $500 Mr Ugly prize
He said he wanted to thank God for winning the title and was grateful to the judges for crowning him winner
Contenders pose for the judges during the ugliest man competition. Winner Mr Sere (third left) pulls a funny face for the organisers
‘The judges were not fair, the organisers must look for new judges to start the contest afresh. I did not lose today,’ Mr Masvinu said.
Mr Sere, who attended a night of festivities on Friday following the competition in Harare which attracted 35 participants, said he was grateful to the judges for crowning him winner.
He said: ‘I want to thank God for winning this title, last time I came fourth. I just want to thank the judges for recognising me as the winner.’
Former Mr Ugly William Masvinu, second left, accused judges of being biased. He is pictured on stage during the event
The contest attracted 35 participants with organisers saying they were looking for people with natural ugliness
Mr Sere is pictured on a friend’s shoulders with his overalls hanging down as he celebrates his win and after scooping $500
The newly crowned Mr Ugly Zimbabwe celebrates his victory with members of the audience, while pictures are taken from the crowd
Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate ‘beauty in ugliness’.
‘The show last night was very successful, and I still have plans to host Mr Ugly world,’ he said.
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