Mokoallo re­turns to the cat­walk

. . . ac­claimed beauty queen to foray in ‘Mrs’ pageants

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SINCE mak­ing his­tory in 2011 by be­ing crowned Miss Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional in Bar­ba­dos, Kara­belo Mokoallo, has seem­ingly gone off the radar.

How­ever, the 28-year-old beauty re­vealed to the Week­ender this past week this was not the case as she has been in­volved in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties chief of which is the re­turn to mod­el­ing.

“I took a break from com­pet­ing at beauty pageants but I be­lieve this is not the end.

“My in­ten­tion now is to par­tic­i­pate in “Mrs” con­tests for mar­ried peo­ple which now ex­ist, and hope­fully be able to in­tro­duce it in the coun­try since we now have many beauty queens who are mar­ried,” said Mokoallo who tied the knot on 20 March in a glam­ourous wed­ding held at Le­sotho Sun.

“The ad­van­tage of such pageants is that they por­tray the benefits mar­riage as only ladies who are hap­pily mar­ried would be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate.”

She also re­vealed that her fo­cus was now on adding to her al­ready im­pres­sive cre­den­tials by bring­ing home an­other ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lade in the Mrs Uni­verse ti­tle.

Dur­ing the Miss Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional pageant in 2011, Mokoallo was also crowned Con­ti­nen­tal Queen of Africa and Beauty with a Mission. Lo­cally, she clinched the Miss Le­sotho Com­pa­nies 2008, which was her first ever ti­tle, and the Miss Vo­da­com PC gongs in 2009.

Speak­ing of her clinch­ing the Miss Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional, she said: “There is a feel­ing you get when you achieve your goals and dreams, and that’s what I have when I think of be­ing Miss Her­itage In­ter­na­tional.

“It is a com­bi­na­tion of grate­ful­ness and ex­cite­ment.”

While mar­riage has spelt the end of a mod­el­ling ca­reer for many, the Butha Buthe-born stun­ner vowed to buck the trend.

She paid trib­ute to the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of her hus­band, Motšeare Tšosane, who she said is the en­cour­age­ment be­hind the re­launch of her mod­el­ling ca­reer.

“God has blessed me with a very sup­port­ive man,” Mokoallo said.

“He is a biker, some­thing very far from what I do but he un­der­stands my ca­reer, so I guess that is what drew us to­gether.”

She said suc­cess in the mod­el­ling realm had also em­bold­ened her to aim for the sky in her per­sonal life.

“My jour­ney in the world of pageantry has been beau­ti­ful. I can earnestly say my par­tic­i­pa­tion in pageants and win­ning ti­tles has been the high­light of my life which has molded me into the woman I am to­day,” said Mokoallo, who has a post-grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Bio-med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg.

“I am def­i­nitely a bet­ter per­son now be­cause af­ter win­ning Le­sotho’s first and high­est pro­file crown, I re­alised that there is noth­ing im­pos­si­ble un­der the sun.

“As a re­sult, it has built my char­ac­ter, con­fi­dence and drawn me closer to my pur­pose in life, giv­ing me a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity not only for my own life but for the lives of other young women who look up to me.”

Apart from strut­ting her stuff on the cat­walk, Mokoallo is also a Lab­o­ra­tory Manager for Aids Health Care Foun­da­tion Le­sotho.

“I have also been ac­quir­ing skills for my ca­reer, not only as a model but as a med­i­cal sci­en­tist,” she said.

“Ac­tu­ally, par­tic­i­pat­ing in pageants en­cour­aged me to pur­sue my stud­ies be­cause I felt I needed to prove that beauty queens are also brainy and hard-work­ers.”

As part of her drive to make a pos­i­tive mark in so­ci­ety, Mokoallo is a part of the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion Sis­ters With A Pur­pose.

“It comes from a de­sire to in­flu­ence and add value to our com­mu­nity as young ladies. Each lit­tle ef­fort we make changes at least one life at a time,” she said.

Mokoallo urged those striv­ing to make their mark in life to never stop dreaming re­gard­less of what other peo­ple say.

“In­stead, they should con­tinue to be­lieve in them­selves,” she said.

“I think that there is a time for ev­ery­thing, and if this was not the per­fect time I would not be here. We all have des­tinies and all I achieved hap­pened at a def­i­nite and per­fect time.

Turn­ing to the devel­op­ment of pageants in Le­sotho, Mokoallo ex­pressed hope the gov­ern­ment would fi­nally in­vest in the sec­tor.

“Our gov­ern­ment needs to un­der­stand that pageants are plat­forms to em­power our youth at many lev­els; so­cially, aca­dem­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally,” she said.

“Ev­ery time our coun­try is rep­re­sented abroad, the per­son par­tic­i­pat­ing will be an am­bas­sador to our beau­ti­ful King­dom. So I be­lieve that we need to give more sup­port and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the im­age we send out and what we would like the world to re­mem­ber when they think of Le­sotho.

“Frankly speak­ing, I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment should foot all travel ex­penses of those rep­re­sent­ing Le­sotho at global pageants to show­case our her­itage as Ba­sotho.”

Kara­belo Mokoallo en­gages in char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties through the or­gan­i­sa­tion Sis­ters With a Pur­pose. Kara­belo Mokoallo has won a num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ti­tles.

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