‘Trash­ion­ista’ beauty queen turns heads

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

MISS Crown Royale, Tho­toane Mot­lomelo ( pic­tured), stole the show at the Miss Mo­ha­lal­i­toe pageant on Sun­day with her dress adorned with re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Crafted from old card­board boxes, soft drink cans, flour bags, egg trays and wires, the quirky dress stood out dur­ing the pageant which was held at Maseru High School hall.

Mot­lomelo was the men­tor for the con­tes­tants in Miss Mo­ha­lal­i­toe, which is meant to ex­pose girls from the ages of 13 to 16 to the world of pageantry.

The Miss Mo­ha­lal­i­toe crown went to Puse­letso Theko, with Itha­be­leng Thanya and Retšepile Molekane the first and sec­ond princesses re­spec­tively.

Ac­cord­ing to Mot­lomelo, the unique out­fit had been a work in progress over the past year and ini­tially meant for for­mer Miss Maseru Sec­ond Princess Nyakallo Mo­taung.

She said the premise of the “eco-friendly” dress was to pro­mote the re­use and re­cy­cling of dis­carded items.

“Nyakallo wanted to wear the dress at the Face of Le­sotho 2015 pageant in the evening gown cat­e­gory, but it was not yet fin­ished,” said Mot­lomelo.

“I have since ap­plied some fin­ish­ing touches to it and de­cided to wear it. The dress is meant to show peo­ple that what they per­ceive as waste ma­te­rial can be used to make other in­ter­est­ing stuff since we need to re­cy­cle for the sake of the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The 21-year-old stun­ner, who is also Miss Her­itage Sec­ond Princess, added that in­stead of the costly long-tailed gowns, the re­cy­cled dress only re­quires in­ge­nu­ity and crafts­man­ship in de­sign­ing.

Mot­lomelo, how­ever, con­ceded that the rap­tur­ous re­ac­tion to the dress from the crowd came as a sur­prise.

“I was a bit taken aback by the re­sponse of the au­di­ence even though the in­ten­tion was to draw their at­ten­tion, but I am glad for the mad love they showed,” she said.

On her role as a beauty queen, Mot­lomelo said it went be­yond strut­ting the cat­walk and look­ing pretty.

“I have to be close and open to peo­ple, mostly those within my vicin­ity, and be an ex­am­ple to them,” she said.

“One does not only need a slen­der body or a lengthy dress to be crowned a beauty queen but also to have a beau­ti­ful heart, open mind and soul.”

Hail­ing from Motse Mocha in Motim­poso, Mot­lomelo also or­gan­ised the Miss Back to School con­test early this year to raise funds for pupils who could not af­ford school uni­forms.

She has also ini­ti­ated a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties within her com­mu­nity to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and bring­ing them such forms of en­ter­tain­ment as jump­ing cas­tles.

Although she will be pass­ing on her crown soon, Mot­lomelo said she had no in­ten­tion of stop­ping the good work she is do­ing.

MISS Crown Royale tho­toane Mot­lomelo

tho­toane Mot­lomelo (right) with Miss Mo­ha­lal­i­toe Puse­letso theko, First Princes Itha­be­leng thanya (left) and Sec­ond Princess Retšepile Molekane.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.