Lo­cal beauty wins world pageant ti­tle

Sunday Express - - XPRESS PEOPLE -

FIF­TEEN-year old Tšoana Ranyali flew Le­sotho’s flag high at the Lit­tle Miss World pageant in Greece where was crowned Teen Miss World Top Model 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to Ranyali’s man­ager and lo­cal pageant or­gan­iser Li­makatso Makutle, there were three cat­e­gories at the con­test, namely Lit­tle Miss World, Lit­tle Miss Eco World and the new­ly­in­tro­duced Teen Miss World Top Model.

An ec­static Makutle said her mod­els had won on two oc­ca­sions in the three years they com­peted in the in­ter­na­tional pageant. The then 13-year-old Sandra Con­calves won the Lit­tle Miss Eco World ti­tle last year.

“This time we had the op­por­tu­nity to choose be­tween three cat­e­gories so Tšoana com­peted in the mod­el­ing cat­e­gory be­cause of her pro­fi­ciency in pageantry,” Makutle said.

“I did not go to Greece but as I fol­lowed the com­pe­ti­tion via on­line stream­ing I could see that it was very tough but she man­aged to pull it off.”

“Tšoana is only 15 and I be­lieve with the con­fi­dence and skill she is al­ready ex­hibit­ing at this age as well as her height and body shape, she is ca­pa­ble of win­ning the pres­ti­gious Miss World in fu­ture. We will be work­ing to­wards that goal,” she said.

Tšoana com­peted with con­tes­tants from 39 other coun­tries in the pageant that was held from Septem­ber 24 to Oc­to­ber 1.

The Hillsview, Maseru-based beauty is cur­rently a Grade 10 stu­dent at Lady­brand Academy. Last year, she won both the Lit­tle Miss World-Le­sotho and Miss Teen Queen of Le­sotho ti­tles.

Tšoana told Xpress Peo­ple this past week she had in­ten­sively pre­pared for her de­but in­ter­na­tional pageant and her con­fi­dence had car­ried the day.

“Be­ing my first in­ter­na­tional pageant, I prac­tised a lot but then I would of­ten be in­tim­i­dated by the fact that I did not know my com­pe­ti­tion,” Ranyali said.

“We en­gaged in a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing vis­it­ing char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions where we planted veg­eta­bles and cleaned for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV and Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. I gave my all in ev­ery­thing I did and en­sured that ev­ery­body knew I was from Le­sotho and that my coun­try ex­ists.”

She added: “I have a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional projects lined up as the ti­tle holder but I also in­tend to con­tinue with char­ity work in my moth­er­land.

“I want to foster clean­li­ness of our en­vi­ron­ment as it not only good for our health but will at­tract tourists as well. I will strive to be an in­spi­ra­tion to other ladies and my next tar­get is the Miss World ti­tle.”

TEEN Miss World Top Model 2016 Tšoana Ranyali

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