The competition is defined as an indigenous contest that prioritises cultural heritage and tourism development in as much as it recognises physical beauty with the contestants expected to excel in all these aspects.
Only Lesotho citizens - males and females of all sizes, shapes and heights within the age bracket of 18 and 26 are eligible to participate in the event that is worth a total of M52 500 in cash prizes to be won between August 2021 and March 2022.
By Monday, a total of 36 females and 19 males had already submitted their profiles as part of registration prerequisites. “Amongst the numbers are 17 previous contestants who have re-entered the contest. Organisers have also established a reality TV show to broadcast preparations for the event and the programme will be effective from August 1.
“Conditions and steps to be followed were posted on the competition’s Facebook page,” noted Aubrey Silinyana of the Film Sector Groundbreakers Lesotho – the licensed managers of the contest.
Silinyana said the current call for registration is for a competition that will be held as a physical event with strict observation of the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The annual event that normally runs during the King Moshoeshoe Film Festival in March was last held in 2018 in Leribe.
Last year’s version of the prestigious festival was suspended when the raging COVID-19 pandemic broke out.