The history of beauty contests in Tanzania can be traced way back to 1960's, when they used to be organized by the Kilimanjaro Hotel. Back then, the participants were mostly from Dar es Salaam city and the contest was not affiliated to Miss World beauty pageant. The winner was therefore not taking part in any international beauty event.
In 1968, beauty contests received a very big blow when the then one party Government acting on advice from TANU youth league banned beauty contests on the grounds that they were inconsistent with the Tanzania culture.
It was not until 1994 that the Government uplifted the ban imposed on beauty contests following tireless efforts of Lino International Agency Limited who managed to convince the Government about of the importance of beauty contests to the country especially during this era of globalization.
The Prime movers of efforts to convince the Government to allow re-introduction of beauty contests were Mr. Prashant Patel and Mr. Hashim Lundenga. As result of the efforts, beauty contests were allowed. Lino International Agency Limited immediately organized the first ever Miss Tanzania beauty pageant to the required international standards and the winner participated in Miss World beauty pageant for the first time.
When Miss Tanzania Beauty pageant was re-introduction in 1994, it met a lot of resistance from some members of the public, religious group and other pressure groups who associated it with immorality. This can be attributed to lack of understanding the objectives of pageant. However, since 1997, perception has gradually become more positive following campaigns by the organizers to educate the public about the objectives of the pageant. The general public has now accepted the Miss Tanzania pageant and they turn up in large numbers to support it right from district to the national level.
The government is involved in monitoring the Miss Tanzania beauty pageant through National Arts Council (BASATA). This has helped to restore its credibility. The role of BASATA is that of regulator, which involves overseeing the running of beauty contest in order to make sure that the agreed rules, regulations and procedures are followed.