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Miss Maseru crowned amid pomp, fanfare

Mohalenyane Phakela

Face of Lesotho held this year’s Miss Maseru pageant during the Indian Food and Cultural Fair at Machabeng College on Thursday.

Miss Maseru 2014 Mamphu Mothebesoane (3)Fifteen-year-old Mamphu Mothebesoane, a Form D student at Lesotho High School from Sea Point, Maseru, clinched the Miss Maseru 2014 sash and tiara at the expense of 23 other beauties vying for the title. Mpoi Mahao and Nyakallo Motaung were crowned first and second princesses respectively.

Compared to previous editions, the pageant was more glamorous with more contestants than before. This time around, the contestants adorned traditional attire so as to promote Basotho culture. The winner will automatically compete in the upcoming Miss Lesotho 2014 pageant as a representative of Maseru.

The new Miss Maseru walked away with an electric two-burner hotplate with an oven, a steam iron and a hair clipper. The first princess got a duvet blanket and a compact radio while the second princess was given an electric heater and a toiletry bag. They were also prizes for the beauty who made special appearances, all courtesy of the Indian Association of Lesotho and other sponsors.
An ecstatic Mothebesoane told Xpress People the pageant was a stepping stone to bigger things.

“This is my first time competing in such a big pageant, and I believe through it I will conquer the world,” said Mothebesoane, who also won the Miss Saule 2013 contest.
“I fell in love with pageants when I was a toddler and I would imitate the beauty queens in the pageants I saw on television. So, I guess I always had it in me and that made me win.
“This title is going to make me a better person and a role model to my peers. I will ensure that the way I conduct myself will inspire other girls who would like to wear this tiara one day.
“I hope there will be more of pageants of this nature as they provide a platform for young ladies who wish to make inroads in the modelling industry,” she added.

Meanwhile, Face of Lesotho 2012 second princess and Lesotho’s representative at the Miss World pageant held last year in Indonesia, Mamahlape Matsoso, chipped in with some advice.
“The journey of being a beauty queen starts with a dream, then dedication and support,” said the 20-year-old Matsoso.
“It takes a lot of courage to be in this game and to show the world that you have what it takes to make a positive impact.”

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