Yes that’s the headline and yes one exists….in Zimbabwe and yes… people actually enter. This year in the annual ugly contest problems have arised with the latest champion as he’s been labeled a cheater by other runners. Mister Ugly of 2015 didn’t use game enhancing drugs however he did lose lots of teeth.

Mister Ugly 2015



“Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating,” shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki. Mupereki isn’t the only one enraged about this year’s winner, three year champion William Masvinu has heated opinions on the matter. Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was “too handsome” to win and his ugliness wasn’t natural since it was based on missing teeth.

“I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth,” maintained Masvinu, gesturing at his rival. While no one was injured, there was a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced and insults were hurled at the judges. Pictured below is Masvinu, the three year Mister Ugly.
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42-year-old Mison Sere, this year’s Mister Ugly has replied to the uproar by saying they are “sore losers” as he took his $500 reward. “They should just accept that I am uglier than them,” he said. “I hope to get a TV contract. I already moved around schools performing and showcasing my ugliness so this is a chance to make it on TV.”

The hate for Sere from Masvinu and other contestants may have some reason as organizers had previously announced that disabilities or enhancements would not be accepted in the competition which should focus on “natural ugliness.” The judges had this to say about this year’s results “Sere made tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts,” said judge Abigail Mataranyika, a university student. “Masvinu thought he is so ugly that he didn’t need to try hard. That cost him the crown.”

The Ugly Contest wasn’t originally thought up to laugh at contestants, instead it was drafted up to get rid of the stigma of ugliness. The pageant involved three rounds of modelling, with individual and group struts down a catwalk of a Harare nightclub. Unfortunately this year it turned ugly among competitors.  


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