REATILE Molefe, the reigning Miss Culture Lesotho has raised the country’s flag in South Africa (SA) where she was crowned the Second Princess in the Miss Culture International 2021 pageant.
Dec. 8, 2021
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Miss Culture Lesotho raises flag in SA
Miss Culture Lesotho, Reatile Molefe was crowned Second Princess as the global pageant
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The grand coronation was held live at The Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg over the weekend, despite the widespread threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recently discovered Omicron variant.
Samela Aubrey Godin, Miss Culture Philippines bagged the coveted crown while Miss Zimbabwe was crowned the First Princess.
The 20-year-old Molefe broke into tears as she was announced the Second Princess in the highly competitive contest, which had 14 contestants from 14 countries vying for the title.
She told Metro on Tuesday that she has never celebrated that way before, adding that she had the experience of a lifetime at the global show.
"I was so excited! Then I became so emotional when I heard and saw my sponsors from Aranda Textile (a major blanket retail outlet) who came to support me, singing praises in Sesotho. That made me cry even more.
"It was a great honour for Basotho to bestow so much trust on me by choosing me to represent their country. It also means a lot to other local models because I have now paved the way for them in order to get recognition for international pageants. We start small, by crawling and we will soon walk," she says, beaming with a huge smile.
Asked about the lessons she drew from the competition, Molefe was quick to highlight that age is nothing but a number.
"I have learnt that no matter how small or big, young or old, one can actually do what they set their minds on. I am saying this because I was actually the youngest competitor but here I am. I did it too," she says.
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For prizes she won, she has only received packages from 'Black Opal' (the main sponsor) while the rest of the goodies will be announced later on the Miss Culture International page.
"I would like to say thank you so much to all Basotho who supported me starting from the voting, and to those remembered me in their prayers until I brought victory home.
“I also give my special thanks to my two directors, Mr Aubrey Silinyana and Mr Rantsatsi Mokeki who were with me every step of the way, as well as the King Moshoeshoe film festival page that's been keeping people posted too. Together we can," she adds.
Molefe who hails from Maseru is the reigning Miss Culture Lesotho, a title she won in Leribe in 2018 as a Lesotho High School learner.
She is expected to finally hand over the crown at the much-awaited Mr and Miss Culture Lesotho pageant to be held in March, 2022 during the King Moshoeshoe Film Festival.
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