Avani Hotels in Lesotho will this year mark Her Majesty ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso’s birthday in style through a beauty pageant entitled ‘Khaba joaloka ‘Mabasotho’ in which Basotho women are expected to showcase their best Seshoeshoe designs in the race for a M10,000 prize money which will be awarded on June 7, 2019.
Avani Lesotho Hotels Marketing Officer, Richard Cole, said on Monday that the event will be centred on culture, focusing specifically on Seshoeshoe traditional dress which Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso is fond of wearing.
He reiterated that M10,000 prize money will be awarded to a Mosotho woman who will present a true, modern interpretation of Seshoeshoe, adding that design, movement and pose will be an added advantage.
In addition, he said application forms are available at a price of M500 non-refundable, adding that the competition is open for women aged from 18 upwards. He noted that the second prize winner will be awarded M5,000 while the third prize winner will receive M3,500.
Cole further indicated that upon completion of the event, a certain percentage of the proceeds will then be donated to one of Her Majesty’s foundations, the Hlokomela Banana Foundation as part of efforts to give back to the community.
Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso will be the guest of honour at this event.
Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso was born Anna Karabo Motšoeneng on June 2, 1976 at Mapoteng in the Berea District and she is the eldest daughter of five children of Thekiso and ‘Makarabo Motšoeneng of Hlotse, Leribe.