Bulawayo-born Zimbabwean Tracey-anne Buckley Aggett is proving to be more than just a pretty face. She has just put forward an Africa inclusive business proposal to develop the Mrs Universe beauty pageant brand on the continent.
Adding to her many wins and titles as Mrs Universe First Princess, Mrs Universe Charity, Mrs KwaZulu-Natal and Mrs Zimbabwe; Aggett is now the Mrs Universe pageant’s Hosting Director for Africa, bringing the first Mrs Universe to Africa.
“This will enable future eventing around Africa. In turn creating spotlights on different African countries, its cultures and their trade possibilities. It enables growth for women and the younger female generations to be bold and stand for their dreams and visions. It is time for women to grow, be empowered and let Africa shine with possibilities,” says Aggett.
The theme of the event, taking place on September 2, is Africa-inspired and will have black, gold with elements of African prints. It will be bring together 84 countries in Durban, South Africa. There are gifts worth over R250,000 ($19,000) that will be given away.
“[Durban] is the gateway to Africa, filled with huge potential. I wanted to highlight the grounds of [former South African President] Nelson Mandela, creating a historic mark,” says Aggett.