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Motlomelo crowned Ist Princess of Queen of the Universe

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — Rorisang Motlomelo was crowned first princess in the Queen of the Universe beauty pageant held in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 24.
Motlomelo also won the best contestant award.
She won the right to take part in the pageant, organised by Pageants SA, by virtue of being First Princess Miss Africa.
The 23-year-old beauty said she opted to enter the Queen of the Universe competition after she failed to travel to the Miss Global International pageant which was scheduled for the same weekend in Jamaica.
“I couldn’t just pack my bags and return home. I wasn’t even aware the pageant was pencilled for the same weekend,” she said.
“After I learned I wasn’t going to make it to Jamaica, I thought I needed to participate in an international pageant and I called Pageant SA offices to find out when the Queen of the Universe competition was going to be held and by sheer luck I was in South Africa at the right time.”
The Miss Lesotho Companies 2010 winner said she was then invited to take part in the Pretoria competition.
“I was geared up to compete so I had all the requirements for the Queen of the Universe and despite my frustrations of not being able to make it to Jamaica, I was crowned first princess.”
Motlomelo told XpressPeople her failed trip to Jamaica was a big disappointment.
“It felt like it was sabotage at one stage. I was ready to board a plane to Johannesburg from Moshoeshoe I airport only to find out my flight had been cancelled,” she said.
The First Princess Miss Africa 2012 said returning home was going to make her appear a loser and jeopardise her prospects in the beauty industry.
“Had I decided to return home, the business sector wasn’t going to take us seriously.
“I couldn’t bear facing my sponsors and telling them I had failed to travel.
“I had to think on the spot and luckily there was another competition in line and I am glad I made Lesotho proud,” she said.
“I am glad I received so much support at such short notice. Returning home to tell our sponsors that we didn’t do our research well regarding the trip was going to be a step backwards not only to me but to the whole industry,” she said.
“I have learned that in life, you get lemons and it’s up to one to turn it into lemonade so that one can enjoy it and that is basically what happened.
“This is has moulded me into a better person and the experience has taught me to act when I am in a tight spot,” she said.
“Everything happens for a reason and who knows maybe if I had made it to Jamaica I wasn’t even going to make it to the top three so maybe this was the route God had crafted for me.
“I am still young enough to pursue my dreams, given the opportunity,”
she said.

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