Mokhohlane reigns supreme

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Le­bak­ile-kiki Mokhohlane was crowned Miss Rugby Le­sotho 2016 at a glitzy pageant held at Maseru AVANI on Sun­day evening.

Mokhohlane, who comes from Lower Thet­sane and is pur­su­ing a law de­gree at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, beat 22 other con­tes­tants to walk away with the pres­ti­gious sash and tiara.

The beauty con­test was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Miss Le­sotho or­ga­niz­ers and the Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby and sought to pro­mote rugby among Ba­sotho, in par­tic­u­lar the fe­male pop­u­la­tion.

And un­like other beauty pageants which have the first and se­cond run­ner-ups, Miss Rugby Le­sotho had six run­ner-ups, namely Tsepiso Moko­bori, Kha­lalelo Jaase, Rorisang Ba­beli, Retha­bile Tšosane, Kelello Ran­te­m­ana and Retha­bile Nkala.

Six con­tes­tants were also re­warded for per­son­al­ity, con­fi­dence, dance, tal­ent, char­ity and be­ing top model.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender af­ter win­ning the pres­ti­gious award, Mokhohlane — whose mother was crowned Miss Le­sotho in 1979 — said she en­tered the pageant be­cause she wanted to use it as a plat­form to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

“When I saw how eas­ily South African youths can ac­cess the dif­fer­ent re­sources they need com­pared to life here at home, I felt I needed to do some­thing to change this,” Mokhohlane said.

“I saw this pageant as an ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hi­cle to­wards chang­ing peo­ple’s lives for the bet­ter.

“My big­gest goal at the mo­ment is to tackle the cur­rent drought that is af­flict- ing the na­tion es­pe­cially in the ru­ral ar­eas.

“For me, it was never about win­ning as this is my first pageant. All I wanted was to gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was also one of the three strug­gling girls dur­ing re­hearsals but then I never hes­i­tated to ask for help when I needed it.

“This ti­tle is a step­ping stone to­wards Miss World which I have au­to­mat­i­cally been en­tered for as one of the con­tes­tants.

“Pageants are not go­ing to end with me so I plan to give them my all as they serve as an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.”

MISS Rugby Le­sotho Le­bak­ile Mokhohlane (cen­tre) flanked by six run­ner-ups (from left) Tsepiso Moko­bori, Kha­lalelo Jaase and Rorisang Ba­beli, Retha­bile Tšosane, Kelello Ran­te­m­ana and Retha­bile Nkala.

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