In Zimbabwe each year, a so-called beauty pageant is held called “Mr. Ugly,” and in previous years the title has gone to a man named William Masvinu. But this year, the tables turned, and a new “Mr. Ugly” was crowned. The new title-holder is Maison Sere, a 42-year-old unemployed man, and Masvinu is not pleased at all. In fact, things got a bit hairy, nay, ugly.
William Masvinu, left; Maison Sere, right
Masvinu took to social media almost immediately, stating “I have been robbed and everyone is aware of that. I’m the ugliest man on the land, if you look at him can you say he is ugly?”
But the event’s organizer and founder David ‘Apama’ Nyachowe put any claims of foul play to bed, stating “I indicated clearly to the contestants the categories, and the outgoing Mr. Ugly never excelled as he would just go on stage and stand with confidence as if he is already a winner. The judges wanted to see how ugly you are from all angles, when you smile, when you are normal, and when you make your ugliest face, which he did not do.”
The reason this is even controversial at all (hey buddies, listen, we hear ya, you want to be the ugliest, so we’ll say you are both ugly) is the fact that the winner receives $500, while the runner-up only gets $100. Additionally, Masvinu has grown to rely on the minor marketing contracts he’s gotten out of winning the title. So, he believes that losing the title of Mr. Ugly will effect him monetarily, and for anyone, that’d be pretty annoying.
But perhaps there is a lesson here. In fact, there is. Do not go into a competition with the expectation that you deserve to win, or are a shoe-in. Because there’s always going to be someone better, smarter, faster, sexier or more ugly than you are. So, always give it your all, and don’t rest on your laurels. And that’s the