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Dec. 1, 2021

KABELO MASOABI

3 min read

Family bids farewell to Miss Culture Lesotho

Family bids farewell to Miss Culture Lesotho

Miss Culture Lesotho, Reatile Molefe and her family

Story highlights

  • Model will represent the country at the international pageant against other beauties from across the globe
  • The pageant is a platform that was created to empower and showcase beauty and fashion talent globally

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REIGNING Miss Culture Lesotho, Reatile Molefe left the country last Sunday to compete at the Miss Culture International pageant to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday, December 4.

Molefe, 19, won the 2018 Miss Culture Lesotho pageant that was held in Leribe as a Lesotho High School learner.

The competition was put on hold for three years due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Molefe’s family and friends convened at her Maseru residence on Sunday to wish her well just before she crossed the border to SA.

Her mother, ’Maphalatsane Makhele on Tuesday expressed her gratitude to all the people who lent a helping hand in raising funds for her daughter's trip.

Prior to her departure, Molefe was reportedly short M26 200 to cover all expenses of the trip.

A major blanket retail outlet, Aranda Textile donated four blankets to the model and her pageant director Rantsatsi Mokeki collected the gifts from the Aranda headquarters in Randfontein, Johannesburg. 
"You will remember that three blankets were some of the items that she desperately needed in her budget that was shared here.
“Reatile will wear these blankets on different evening occasions during this week-long Miss Culture international competition.
She will also present one as a gift to one of the contestants from another country," announces Mokeki.

The Miss Culture International is a platform that was created to empower and showcase beauty and fashion talent globally.

Its purpose is to bring together women from diverse cultures to learn from one another and find common ground in the pursuit of a transformation and change agenda, according to its website.

The organiser, Miss Culture International, manages pageants in order to unite people from diverse cultures, learn from each other and celebrate different cultures through beauty and fashion. The pageant’s head office is in Cape Town, South Africa.

Molefe has met the criteria for suitable candidates which include amongst other things, age, being a citizen of the country she is representing and meeting all the administrative requirements, according to the Director of King Moshoeshoe Film Festival, Aubrey Silinyana.

Silinyana said they are working with Molefe and the Beauty Pageant Association of Lesotho, to support her in her journey which not only involves participating in the event but also other build-up programmes such as national casting and a boot-camp that will be held in SA.

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"As far as I know, in the history of Miss Culture Lesotho the Mountain Kingdom has never been represented before in this international competition. We therefore thank Basotho for making sure that this happens," he also said.

Feeling excited about competing at international level, Molefe remarks: “I’m proud to say I have won over 10 titles in the past 11 years and while still retaining the Miss Culture Lesotho title. I will strive for more and make Basotho proud at the Miss Culture International.”

The winner of Miss Culture International pageant will travel across the world and visit over 50 000 school children, members of the business community and cultural organisations.

She will be a routine guest-speaker, a custodian of culture, high fashion wearing, smile-bearing example of the diverse beauty and intelligence, according to the organisers of the pageant.

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