MASERU — Energy Entertainment, a health and fitness group, will hold the Miss Bikini pageant for high school girls in search of contestants for the annual Miss Figure show.
Half of the contestants in this year’s Miss Figure pageant — aimed at promoting healthy living and fitness — are expected to be high school students.
Miss Bikini is set for September with Miss Figure slated for December, according to the organiser Tseko Mbele.
He told the Weekender they had decided to hold the Miss Bikini contest as a forerunner to Miss Figure after realising they were struggling to get the “right contestants” for the latter pageant.
Mbele said Miss Figure was different from the traditional beauty pageants.
“I wanted to answer the basic needs of the Miss Figure pageant and prepare well-suited contestants by training them in advance,” he said, explaining how the Miss Bikini idea came up.
“Most girls who compete in the Miss Figure pageant lack a clear picture of what the pageant is all about.
“They confuse Miss Figure with traditional beauty pageants where girls are judged on their physical beauty, weight and height whereas our pageant is a health and fitness contest.
“It is due to this reason that we always get contestants who do not meet our expectations.”
Miss Figure was first staged in 2008.
Mbele said this year they will prepare the contestants in time for the big pageant.
“Miss Bikini is part of our preparations for this year’s Miss Figure,” he said.
“We want to achieve our goal of having contestants of a high calibre competing for the crown this year.
“We are hoping to take them further to compete in international competitions so that our country is also recognised in international fitness competitions.”
Last year’s Miss Figure is Limpho Poshuli, who will help recruit participants for the Miss Bikini contest in high schools.
“We want the girls to adopt the pageant’s concept long before they go on stage — that’s why we are recruiting contestants this early,” Mbele said.
He said they will send the girls selected from the Miss Bikini contest to gymnasiums ahead of the Miss Figure pageant.
“We want the girls to go for the final competition having acquired the necessary fitness and training,” Mbele said.
“We are looking for the best contestants this year that we can confidently send to international competitions without any doubts.”
Mbele said they had struggled to get contestants for the Miss Figure show because women did not fully appreciate what bodybuilding was all about.
“Girls are misled by myths that surround bodybuilding,” he said. “It is believed that girls who go for regular bodybuilding lessons get their bodies hefty and ridiculously muscular yet that is not the case provided they go through proper training.”