'Mr Ugly' winner sparks riot for being 'too handsome'
Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30
A riot broke out at a "Mr Ugly" contest after judges crowned a man whom rival supporters said was too handsome.
Judges in the Zimbabwe capital Harare chose 42-year-old Mison Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.
Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges after 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," said Masvinu, gesturing at his rival.
"Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating," shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki. 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.
Beauty pageants are popular in Zimbabwe and even though they are typically for women, scandal is not unusual.
Earlier this year, Miss Zimbabwe winner Emily Kachote faced a backlash on social media, with Zimbabweans calling her ugly and undeserving of the crown.
She was later forced to step down when just two weeks into her reign, images surfaced of her posing nude - which incidentally also brought down her predecessor.
Sere dismissed the critics as just "sore losers" as he pocketed the $500 in winnings.
"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."