42-year-old unemployed Maison Sere was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a pageant in Harare today November 21st. Sere, who has several missing teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat 5 other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize – a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. “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,” Sere told journalists during a night of festivities attended by 200 revellers.
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.