Big shoes to fill says new Miss NUL

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

NEWLY-CROWNED Miss NUL (Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho) 2016, Mpoi Ma­hao, says fill­ing the shoes of her pre­de­ces­sor Mo­jabeng Senekal will be a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion.

The 19-year-old stun­ner, who is based in Maseru East, beat 12 other con­tes­tants to walk away with the Miss NUL sash and tiara at the in­sti­tute’s Nether­lands Hall on Satur­day.

Manana Mothabeng and Retha­bile Thaatha emerged as First and Se­cond princesses, re­spec­tively.

Ma­hao told the Week­ender fol­low­ing her tri­umph that she had a tall or­der in match­ing the ex­ploits of Senekal, who launched a num­ber of ini­tia­tives in ad­di­tion to win­ning pres­ti­gious ac­co­lades.

“Mo­jabeng set the bar high in the pageantry sphere con­sid­er­ing the great achieve­ments she made within a short pe­riod of time,” Ma­hao said.

“We all draw in­spi­ra­tion from Mo­jabeng as she is a won­der­ful men­tor whom I feel hon­oured to have worked with on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. “Suc­ceed­ing her comes with a lot of chal­lenges as now I am ex­pected to match or ex­ceed what she has achieved.”

Senekal rep­re­sented Le­sotho at the Face of Beauty In­ter­na­tional 2015 in Taipei, Tai­wan last Oc­to­ber and came home with the Char­ity Award which en­tails trav­el­ling around the world as the pageant’s so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity am­bas­sador. She has also ac­cu­mu­lated a slew of crowns which in­clude the Miss Per­son­al­ity 2014, Miss Roy­alty 2014, Face of Le­sotho and also a run­ner-up in the Face of KO 2014 pageant.

Senekal also held a modelling boot camp last De­cem­ber to im­part pageantry and so­cial eti­quette skills to up-and-com­ing beauty queens.

Ma­hao is also Senekal’s Face of Le­sotho 2015 first princess. The Hu­man­i­ties first-year stu­dent at NUL said she in­tended to con­test in this year’s Face of Le­sotho and hope­fully take over from Senekal in April this year when her term ends. Ma­hao also said prepa­ra­tion was key in clinch­ing the cov­eted Miss NUL crown.

“I took my time to pre­pare for the Miss NUL pageant from the mo­ment I en­rolled as a stu­dent at the in­sti­tu­tion in Au­gust last year. I did not com­pete in any other pageant since then,” she said.

“There were times I felt like giv­ing up when we were re­hears­ing about three weeks ago, but I re­alised that throw­ing in the towel would make me a loser. I prayed so hard for God to give me strength and, through His mercy, I man­aged to win.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was tough, with a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced beauty queens con­test­ing, but through the sup­port of my fam­ily, the crowd that kept cheer­ing me and God, I strut­ted with con­fi­dence, wore a beau­ti­ful smile and an­swered the judges’ ques­tions elo­quently.”

By win­ning the Miss NUL crown, Ma­hao au­to­mat­i­cally landed the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Le­sotho at the Miss In­ter­var­sity Games pageant which will also in­clude con­tes­tants from Botswana and Swazi­land na­tional univer­si­ties in March this year.

“It has been a while since Le­sotho won the Miss In­ter­var­sity ti­tle, so I be­lieve it is my duty to make my coun­try proud this year. I am con­fi­dent of win­ning the crown,” she said.

NEWLY-CROWNED Miss NUL 2016 Mpoi Ma­hao

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