Chitseko has previously won numerous other pageants, including Miss Zimbabwe USA 2011 and Miss Tropics 2011.
Six contestants from Ghana, Malawi, Pakistan, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe took part in the pageant which ran under the theme True beauty of a Queen.
The contestants spent about five days in Miami Beach and took part in a number of activities before the actual pageant. These included a Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce business event that brought business owners together to showcase their wares and services. At this event the contestants assisted as volunteers. They helped in setting up, acted as runners and also took part in the cleaning up and general administration.
LEFT: Elizabeth Chitseko in the Edna Ndebele creation. RIGHT: Intercultural Queen.
There was also a photo shoot by Palava hut and a meeting with Miami Beach Deputy Mayor /Commissioner, honourable, Jerry Libbin.
The main pageant was held at the Colony Theatre on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Among those in attendance was Miami Beach Mayor/Commissioner Jorge Exposito .
Chitseko took the crown from last year’s winner, Kaya Chipungu, another beauty with Zimbabwean ties. Chipungu was born in Zambia and grew up in Zimbabwe.
One of the highlights of the pageant was when Chitseko performed a Zulu dance in the talent segment. She said she did the dance to celebrate the liberty of Africa. For the national costume section she wore a beautiful creation designed by Ohio based, Zimbabwean designer, Edna Ndebele.
Elizabeth Chitseko and other Miss Intercultural contestants.
Chitseko, who is currently based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, moved to the United States about four years ago to pursue her tertiary education there. The beautiful 21-year old has both Zimbabwean and Malawian roots and grew up in Zimbabwe.
She says that the beauty industry is her passion and besides taking part in pageants she loves photographic modelling.