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Miss Lesotho beauty pageant on the cards

Miss Lesotho 2019 Palesa Makara

May 4, 2021 2 min read

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PREPARATIONS are at an advance stage for hosting the Miss Lesotho 2021 beauty pageant after last year’s edition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grand event that will pit a bevy of 11 local beauties who will battle it out for a prize of M10 000, is scheduled for May 29 at the ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre.
The overall winner of the competition has a chance to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant in December.

The 70th edition of the Miss World competition will be held on December 16 at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

In 2020, the Beauty Pageants Association of Lesotho (BPAL) handed over the Miss Lesotho franchise to former model, Molulela Monyake, who will be hosting the event going forward.
BPAL had opened to the public, the possibility to purchase the Miss Lesotho franchise.

This means that the successful candidate will be responsible to organise the Miss Lesotho 2021 beauty contest and take over all the roles of sending the winner to the Miss World beauty pageant.
Limited tickets for the Miss Lesotho 2021 started selling from April 22, according to the organiser who also showed that tickets can be purchased from numerous outlets including at shopping malls in Maseru.

“VIP tickets selling at R300 include cocktails, food, a welcome drink and priority seating services. A general ticket costs M120. Space is limited so as to abide by the COVID-19 health protocols,” Monyake told Metro.
The last edition of the event was held at the Avani Maseru Hotel on March 2019 and Palesa Makara was crowned the winner against 11 other contestants.

Refiloe ‘Fifi’ Pitso was crowned the first princess with Michelle Dyamdeki as the second princess.

The Miss Lesotho beauty contest was established in 1978 and Joan Libuseng Khoali was crowned the first winner.

She competed in the Miss Universe beauty pageant later that year in Mexico.

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Rethabile Thaathaa scooped the title in 2018 at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre. The pageant is also called the Face of Lesotho.
A model by profession, Thaathaa was not new to parading on the catwalk. She was crowned the first Miss Queen of Tourism Lesotho in 2015.

She later became the second princess at the Miss NUL 2015.
Lebakile Mokhohlane was crowned Miss Lesotho 2016 succeeding Relebohile Mamaphaphathe Kobeli who beat other 22 contestants to wear the coveted crown in 2015.

Lesotho has competed several times in past editions of the Miss World competition but has not achieved any success to date.

The reigning Miss World is Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.

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