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Mr and Miss Culture Lesotho beauty pageant returns

Contestants of the 2018 Miss Culture Lesotho beauty pageant

March 1, 2021 2 min read

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REGISTRATION is open for local models who are keen to compete in the Mr and Miss Culture Lesotho 2022 beauty pageant, following a three-year furlough.

The pageant is defined as an indigenous contest that prioritises cultural heritage and tourism development in as much as it recognises physical beauty and contestants re expected to excel in all these aspects.

The contest which runs during the King Moshoeshoe Film Festival was last held in Leribe in 2018.  

The last edition of the film festival was suspended last year when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

According to the organising team, the event has been scheduled for March 26, 2022 and there will also be a reality television show produced to broadcast preparations made for the event, effective from August 1.

The chairman of Film Sector Groundbreakers - Lesotho (FSG) Aubrey Silinyana who is part of the organising team said the current call for registration is for a contest that will be held as a physical event with strict observation of COVID-19 prevention health protocols.

“The bi-monthly social media based popularity contest will begin in August this year, as well as the production on an accompanying reality TV show,” he told Metro.

Silinyana noted that registration closes on March 30, adding that it goes along with a M50 non-refundable registration fee.

“Conditions and steps to be followed are posted on the Facebook page of the pageant,” he said.

He noted that only Lesotho citizens - males and females of all sizes, shapes and heights between the age bracket of 18 and 26 are eligible to register.

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A total of M52 500 in cash prizes is up for grabs between August 2021 and March 2022.

The winners – Mr and Miss Culture Lesotho will walk away M12 000 richer while the second place winners will each pocket M6 000 with the third place winners getting M3 000 each.

Silinyana said this is significant improvement from the 2018 edition in which the top winner Reatile Molefe, took home M5 000. This was before the male category was added to the show.

Among the current entrants is Miss Local Popularity Plus Size Lesotho 2020/2021 - Mpho Molikoe - who previously competed in the Miss Maseru, Miss Glamorous Lesotho, Miss Spring Plus Size Lesotho shows.

Molikoe was over the moon when she learnt that ladies and gentlemen with full figure will also be competing in the contest.

Some of the applicants who have already registered include 25-year-old Makholoane Lebesa of Koalabata in Berea, popularly known as ’Maleshoane in the “Lekemekeme” short film.

She also appeared in the Lesotho Television soapie “Our Times”.

“I’m confident about winning this coveted title,” said Lebesa who is also a student at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).


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