ABOVE Photo: Winner Simon Mpuyazi flanked by runners up, Alfred Jobe (L) and Lucky Mdenge (R), after the results of the Mr Ugly pageant were announced in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal on 3 September 2016.
Image by: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES
The first of its kind in South Africa, The Mr Ugly pageant was held in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Bit by Bit nightclub, which is owned by former judge David Ntshangase.
Nine entrants competed for a grand prize of R1 000, while the runner-up walked away with R500. The competition was won by Simon Mpuyazi after a long evening.
David Ntshangase decided to hold the pageant in order for those who feel that they are ugly, to go away from the competition feeling that they too are worthy of celebration and recognition.
‘Ugly and fat people are among the most discriminated against people. You always get beautiful people competing and no one gives ugly people a chance to showcase themselves. Every human was crafted with the same hand of creation’, said Ntshangase, who claims that hes not handsome himself and can relate to the entrants.
The nine entrants were put through their paces in front of a large crowd and three judges , with one of the judges being personality Joe Mafela. The counterpart of the competition has long been held in Zimbabwe, where Mison Sere is the reigning king.
Organisers of the unique and highly-publicised Mr Ugly Zimbabwe pageant have launched the inaugural Mr Ugly Africa and Mr Ugly World at a Harare restaurant.
Mr Ugly Africa pageant is pencilled for Johannesburg, South Africa between November and December this year while Mr Ugly World will be in Zimbabwe next year.