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Beauty off to Miss Tourism 2013

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 MASERU — Local beauty Matsekiso Tsoenyane will be competing for the prestigious title of Miss Tourism 2013 to be held in Equatorial Guinea next Friday. Twenty-two-year-old Tsoenyane, who is currently the 1st princess of the Face of Lesotho, flew out of the country on Friday.

Born and bred in Ha-Makhalanyane in a family of four, Tsoenyane’s beauty is complimented with her brains, having just attained a degree in Broadcasting – Radio and Television from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. “I feel so honoured to have the privilege of representing my country on an international platform,” Tsoenyane told the Xpress People on Thursday.

“Although this is quite a challenge as I’ll be contending with people from all over the world, I believe I have what it takes to bring the crown home.” Although she has been on the catwalk for only a year, Tsoenyane believes she is “ready to take on the world”.

“I may have little experience in the beauty pageant industry as this will be my fourth contest. But I believe in myself and I am sure that I will definitely win the contest,” Tsoenyane said. Tsoenyane added that she sees herself as a full-time professional model.

The main advantage she has gained from competing in beauty contests, Tsoenyane said, is that they have immensely “boosted my self-confidence”. “I was a very shy and quiet person while growing up. I only gained confidence when I competed in my first contest,” Tsoenyane said.

“I am sometimes surprised by the bold smile that I carry around. My life has really changed. I also do a lot of community work; helping the needy and motivating other ladies who wish to be where I am today.”

“As I have built my career at an early age, I will continue to inspire other girls to work hard at ensuring that their dreams turn into reality.”

She said at first her parents were reluctant to support her as they perceived beauty pageants as a waste of time.

“It cost me a lot to convince them that one can actually make a living out of the industry”, Tsoenyane said.

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