MASERU — Mabakoena Ramarothole, a second-year dressmaking student, was on Friday night crowned Miss Fokothi 2010.
The 21-year-old beauty beat off six other contestants, with Tsepiso Makara and ‘Malefu Khosana being chosen first and second princesses respectively.
The Lerotholi Polytechnic pageant struggled to attract contestants, but the event surprisingly drew a full house.
Because of the small number of contestants, the pageant had to take a different format with all the girls automatically getting into the finals.
The top three were asked the question: do you think the World Cup will influence Lesotho economically?
Mabakoena, first princess in last year’s Miss Fokothi pageant, easily outsmarted her competitors to win the title although she later told Xpress People the contest had been tough.
“I am so excited I don’t believe I won,” she said.
“I participated last year and was crowned first princess but this year the competition was much tougher.
“I thank God for making it happen. I wanted the crown I had to take another chance and now I am the happiest person.”
Mabakoena said her win had given her the confidence to take part in national beauty and modelling contests.
“I am in love with modelling and now I can see that I have the potential to take my hobby more seriously,” she said.
Among the queen’s prizes was a 54cm television set.
Mabakoena’s runners-up were both first-timers in beauty pageants.
Tsepiso, the first princess, although overwhelmed by her achievement said she was not a big fan of modelling and might not participate in any pageant again.
“I just wanted to try something different to measure my potential,” she said.
“After this I don’t think I will ever compete again but I guess time will tell.
“After all a girl is allowed to change her mind.”
Miss Fokothi 2010 was sponsored by FNB, Cardies, Call Caterers and Driptz.
The event featured the likes of Thakali with his Sesotho hip-hop, Kingdom Classics, Mapotjwa house music dancers, Blood Strings hip-hop dancers, the Disciples, Sesotho dancehall duo Themba and Sledge as well as DJ Phakzino on the decks.