MASERU — Lesotho beauty queen Karabelo Mokoallo, 24, is scheduled to take part in the Miss Humanity international beauty pageant in Barbados next month.
The competition will run from October 13 to 23.
“I received an invitation to participate at the 2011 Miss Humanity International late last month.
“I was selected because of my social responsibility work in this country,” Mokoallo told XpressPeople on Friday.
The 1.75 metre-stunner will battle it out with 80 other beauties from around the world.
“Of all the pageants I have participated in, this is the most exciting competition because it focuses on my passion — dealing with issues that seek to improve humanity,” she said.
Mokoallo says she has, among other initiatives, fed and donated clothing to orphans and the aged in Maseru as part of her responsibilities.
She says she has also held various motivational seminars for young girls in Maseru to give them a chance to pursue their dreams.
Mokoallo says she never thought she would get another chance to participate in any other international pageant after she flopped at the Miss World competition in China last year.
“I had always wanted to participate at an international pageant after the Miss World because of the experience I received.
I never thought I would ever get that chance
“But now God has granted me my wish. I am very happy and confident that this time I am going to put Lesotho on the world map.
“It really means a lot to me as an individual and the local modelling industry as well,” Mokoallo said.
She however said she was finding it difficult to raise funds for the trip because the invitation came at a short notice.
She appealed to well-wishers to help with the sponsorship.
“If only I can secure my flight ticket, the rest I will sort on my own,” she said.
“Unlike the Miss World, this pageant is not that demanding.”
She said she was hopeful that some local companies will chip in and help her make the trip a success.
She added that she will not only raise the country’s flag in Barbados but will also be Lesotho’s Miss Humanity International ambassador in Lesotho.
“When I return, I am expected to organise the Miss Humanity International Lesotho and groom other beauties,” she said.
She also expects this opportunity to open international doors for her to grow her career.
“One of the prizes is a modelling contract and if I perform well I am likely to sign a contract with an international modelling agency and take my career to another level,” Mokoallo said.
Miss Humanity International is a pageant that seeks to promote and raise awareness about humanitarian issues worldwide.
It is open to women between the ages of 16 and 27 who have a strong passion for community service.
Participants are mandated to support charities that work to campaign against child labour, HIV and Aids discrimination, domestic abuse, genocide, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, hunger, and lack of access to pure drinking water.
All national representatives are expected to engage in social activities with businesses and governments to benefit humanity through charitable cases.