Today we are catching up with Rutendo Chifamba of Western Australia, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021.
So Rutendo , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Rutendo Colleta Chifamba, and I am currently 22 years old. I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Australia in 2001 with my family. I am studying law, with my main interest being Human Rights Law, and I also work as an Educational Assistant for children with special needs. I love what I do, and I am excited to see what the future has in store.
We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I did not wake up one day and decide that I wanted to be Miss Universe Australia. I am here because of the people who saw something inside of me long before I ever did. Other people encouraged me to enter, including people I do not personally know. I desire to be Miss Universe Australia to inspire, encourage, and motivate other people to recognise their value and step into everything they can be. I want to be a person who will create change for the better and cause for others to see the crown that exists within them.
As part of the program, you recently spent some time up in our hometown of the Gold Coast with the Village Roadshow team; what was the experience like?
Our experience on the Gold Coast was surreal! We went to a lot of incredible places, ate so much delicious food, and got to bond with some of the most beautiful people. Before this trip, I was not a morning person, but I became one by default because of our early morning starts. Overall, I had a lot of fun, and this trip was definitely one for the books.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
Apart from watching Cody breakdance, a highlight for me was sharing moments with my South Australian roommates. I was blessed to have not just one roomie, but two, and we spent more time talking and laughing in our room than we did sleeping. We got along so well, and my roommates made the trip even better than it already was!
If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you will receive the prestigious Minespec Parts Education and Business grant worth $20,000; what would you do with the grant and why?
I would use the 20,000 grant to start up a shoe line consisting primarily of high heels. I believe that you have to see your dreams come to pass in your mind before you can see them become a reality. I have visualised the packaging I want, the physical stores I will someday open, and the shoes I hope to create. I keep a sketchbook with me to draw every idea that comes to mind, and I have faith that this business will go on to create a legacy that is generational.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
I believe that my faith sets me apart. My name Rutendo means faith in Shona which describes who I am very well. I am that person who knows that no matter what happens, God’s always got me. That does not mean that I am immune to experiencing hurt and disappointment; it just means that I believe that all things work together for good at the end of the day. If a situation is not going well in my life, I know that means God is not yet done writing my story. My faith has gotten me through a lot of obstacles as I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I was yet to see the goodness of the Lord (Psalms? ?27:13?).
The last eighteen months certainly have been challenging for all of us; what would you say has been something you’ve gained or learned from the whole experience?
I have learned that you cannot be passive when it comes to your well-being. You have to be an active participant in how you feel internally about yourself. For me, I had to be very intentional in FaceTiming my loved ones, exercising from home, and working on myself without outside motivation. I really learned how to be my own cheerleader in this life.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
I hope to travel to see my friends and family that live all around the world. I also hope to go on vacation and live it up!
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
My favourite place to travel to is anywhere with beautiful scenery. I have been to Canada, and I loved it!
The highlight of the last year?
The friendships I have made.
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I have a birthmark on my neck, which is debatably in the shape of an R (for Rutendo)
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am passionate about equality. I am aware that not everyone starts at the same position in society, so it is unfair to expect that everyone can live the same life of freedom and opportunity. I believe that we as a society should create change and accommodate those who are disadvantaged, rather than just showing concern for only ourselves.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
You were not created with physical flaws. I know that is extremely hard to believe, especially in a society that teaches us that we are imperfect and capitalises on our insecurities. I want to tell you that God made no mistakes when He made you. You have that nose on purpose, you have those thighs, hips, ears, hair texture, and lips all on purpose. Yes, take care of yourself, but do not fall for the lie that you would be perfect ‘if’. You are physically perfect now. Every feature you have was given to you deliberately and delicately. There is no part of your external being that you need to change or ‘improve’, unless it concerns your health. Social media will make you believe that you need to look like the person next to you, but never forget that you are one of 7 billion different definitions of what beauty looks like.
Thank you to
Minespec Parts are proud to be partnering with Miss Universe Australia, Working to empower and support women not just through the Miss Universe Australia pageant and their $20k education and business grant, but through many platforms with various activities across Australia all furthering and supporting women in the workplace.