Senekal’s mo­ment of truth looms

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AL­THOUGH the fi­nale of the Face of Beauty In­ter­na­tional 2015 pageant in Tai­wan will be held on Sun­day, Le­sotho’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mojabeng Senekal ( pic­tured) says she al­ready feels like a win­ner.

Senekal is pit­ted against 59 ladies from around the world in the pres­ti­gious pageant be­ing held in the east Asian na­tion from 4 – 19 Oc­to­ber, 2015.

The Face of Beauty In­ter­na­tional pageant was es­tab­lished in 2012 with the aim of de­vel­op­ing young fe­male lead­ers from around the world.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender from the city of Tainan this week, the 22-year-old stun­ner said she had al­ready learnt many in­valu­able lessons that would greatly ben­e­fit the lo­cal pageantry sec­tor.

“I have learnt that there is a lot more to pageantry than just the cat­walk. Back home, we do not get enough groom­ing about how a beauty queen should con­duct her­self be­yond merely ap­pear­ing at var­i­ous events,” Senekal said.

“The other thing which needs to be en­hanced in Le­sotho is the so­cial skills of beauty queens, since ev­ery ti­tle should also come with the req­ui­site pro­grammes that de­velop the holder in both their ap­pear­ance and in­tel­lec­tu­ally.”

She said the state of the lo­cal fash­ion industry left a lot to be de­sired and needed sup­port from var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to reach its po­ten­tial.

“Con­sid­er­ing how se­ri­ously other coun­tries take their fash­ion in­dus­tries, I feel we can do bet­ter if we give it the at­ten­tion it de­serves,” she noted.

Asked about her chances of bring­ing home the crown, the Butha Buthe-born beauty re­mained up­beat, say­ing she was hold­ing her own against the other con­tes­tants.

“Since we ar­rived and en­gaged in ac­tiv­i­ties such as mar­ket­ing var­i­ous brands in the city of Taipei, I have out­per­formed the other con­tes­tants and I am still con­fi­dent of win­ning,” said Senekal.

“The only draw­back is that they only man­aged to get the name of my coun­try right to­day, since I have been mis­tak­enly called a Motswana, Namib­ian and even a Haitian rep­re­sen­ta­tive at some point, yet this never hap­pened to the other con­tes­tants. My only worry is I might get a raw deal if they keep get­ting my name wrong.”

She added: “How­ever, that will never de­ter me from my pas­sion. I know the rea­son I am here and I am do­ing it for my coun­try. I have the strength and com­pe­tency to take on the world so I will def­i­nitely bring some­thing home.”

Senekal is the cur­rent Face of Le­sotho, a ti­tle which she clinched in May this year, adding to her slew of crowns which in­clude Miss Per­son­al­ity 2014, Miss Roy­alty 2014 and Miss NUL 2015. She was also a run­ner-up in the Face of KO 2014 pageant last De­cem­ber.

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