TWELVE finalists will battle for the Miss Lesotho 2018 crown on Friday evening at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre at a ceremony that will feature local and South African showbiz personalities.
The winner of the prestigious title will walk away with M20 000 in prize money. Mpoi Mahao is the outgoing Miss Lesotho and her successor will land the automatic right to represent Lesotho at Miss World 2018.
The South African contingent will boast the likes of Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, South African Top Model, Palesa Ramoshebi, Director of Sync Model Management, Alessandrio Bergman, Palse Homme founder and fashion designer Paledi Segapo.
They will be guest judges along with Miss Universe Zambia 2010, Alice Rowlands. An actress in the popular South African Muvhango television series, Buhle Samuels will join DJ Moruti Mathe as the MCs of the night.
The local judging panel will include Vodacom Lesotho Senior Marketing Specialist, Sekonyela Matamane, Miss World Lesotho 2010, Karabelo T?osane as well as Ttwins co-owners Mat?eliso and Tšeliso Thella.
There will be performances by South African DJ Cuevoice alongside local acts such as Juvy, Zagro DJs and Mookho Moqhali. The red carpet reception will be hosted by radio personalities, Quizy and April.
This year’s edition is sponsored by Vodacom Lesotho, Ttwins Productions, Maybeline New York, Motlejoa Guest House, AVANI Lesotho and Essie.
Speaking to Xpress People recently, Miss Lesotho coordinator, Machesetsa Phakiso, said it was all systems go for the Friday ceremony, adding the contestants were in Butha Buthe for a camp where they would be prejudged.
“The girls have been in the camp since Friday at Motlejoa Guest House (Butha Buthe) where they will do final touch-ups and be pre-judged on the activities they will engage in there,” Phakiso said.
“Before leaving for Butha Buthe the contestants visited God is Love Children’s Home in Naleli (Maseru) in the morning to make sustainable vegetable gardens for the children. They also had a promotion at Pioneer Mall (Maseru) in the afternoon.”
Phakiso further mentioned that the ladies will also be judged on their poise, talent, modelling and social media popularity and the winners in each of those categories would make it into the top eight finalists.
He also indicated that the winner’s responsibilities included maintaining a good image of the Miss Lesotho brand, advocating and bring positive change within different communities across the country as well as promoting gender equality.