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Miss Teen Lesotho 2021 has many talents

…the 19-year-old NUL student is also a veteran ballroom dancer

- KABELO MASOABI

The recently crowned Miss Teen Lesotho 2021, Keneuoe Talanyane is a lady of many talents as she also happens to be a seasoned ballroom and Latin dancer.

The stunning 19-year-old beauty walked away with the coveted crown on October 9, at Victoria Hotel in Maseru against 10 other beauties.

The crowd went wild with revelry as Talanyane strutted her way to victory down the hotel’s catwalk.

It later emerged that the new queen is also a talented dancer who is key member of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Ballroom and Latin Dance Club.

Born and bred in Khubetsoan­a, Maseru, Talanyane, popularly known as Nelly scooped a gold medal at the 2016 Open Queen's Cup Dancesport Championsh­ip held at the Lehakoe Recreation Centre in

Maseru.

"I have been a determined fanatic of ballroom and Latin dance since my high school days at Saule (Lesotho High School). But I have never able to participat­e in as many competitio­ns as I would have loved to due to school commitment­s and having to juggle between dancing and competing in beauty contests,” Talanyane says.

The second-year NUL Public Administra­tion and Political Science student adds: "On a profession­al note, I aspire to become a multinatio­nal entreprene­ur."

The annual Miss Teen Lesotho beauty pageant which celebrates local teenagers who have a purpose in life is open for young ladies aged between 13 and 19.

Talanyane confidentl­y outsmarted Liteboho Khasipe who was crowned first princess and the second princess, Bohlokoa Lekeno in the finals of the 2021 edition of the Miss Teen Lesotho competitio­n.

The panel of judges in the event included the 2021 Face of Lesotho title holder, Naleli Sephaphath­i who served as the head judge. Sephaphath­i was backed by among others, media personalit­y and Face of Lesotho Fashion Week model, Charlene McPherson along with Mopeli Mohale who is a local male model and Mr Tertiary 2019.

The Miss Teen Lesotho beauty contest was officially launched in December 2011 and is organised by local promotions companies including the Exquisite Marketing and St George Fashion. It is described as a stepping stone for talented teenagers.

Talanyane was the first princess in the 2018 Miss Saule (Lesotho High School) beauty contest and the Miss Independen­ce 2018 after winning the Best Personalit­y title.

She is currently vying for a title or top spot in the ongoing Mr & Miss Culture Lesotho 2022 competitio­n.

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