Nomasondo scoops Face of Lesotho title

MASERU — Nomasondo Mphakisoane, 24, was on Saturday crowned the Face of Lesotho 2011 at Regal Restaurant in Maseru.
Masefo Mokoma, 20, was crowned first princess while Paballo Mokoqo, 23, was named the second princess.
The three beauties will represent Lesotho at various international beauty pageants this year.
Mphakisoane who flew Lesotho’s flag high at last year’s Miss University Africa will be flying to London to represent the country at the Miss World 2011 pageant in October.
Mokoma is expected to represent Lesotho in Tanzania in November at the Miss United Nations while Mokoqo would be jetting out to Zambia next week for the Miss Southern Africa competition.
There were nine finalists in the Face of Lesotho competition who made it into the finals from a team of 31 contenders.
The girls were subjected to stringent tests in such aspects as debating, composition writing, talent presentation and corporate wear.
Mphakisoane told the Weekender she was surprised that she won.
“The competition was so tough, I didn’t see this coming,” Mphakisoane said.
“It was heart-breaking to see the number of girls decreasing week-in, week-out last month. This was one of the toughest competitions I have ever participated in.”
Mphakisoane said she felt she was at a stage where she was not getting anywhere.
“I felt like I was walking an endless journey. But this is my finishing line. I am honoured to be representing Lesotho at the Miss World competition.”
Mphakisoane paid tribute to her mother.
“My mother has been my pillar of strength,” she said.
Face of Lesotho national director, Tlali Tlali, told the Weekender that they had tried to follow the format at international pageants.
“This was just a normal pageant where only three girls were crowned but in reality all the nine are going to have an opportunity of representing Lesotho at other international pageants this year,” Tlali said.
Maseru district administrator Thabo Ntai and former assistant minister of agriculture Molise Tseole were among the invited guests who graced the show.
“This is a platform for our children to showcase their talents and an opportunity that could open international doors for them. Keep the good work up,” Ntai said.
“I hope you will use this opportunity to tackle Lesotho’s social ills like poverty, ignorance, disease, corruption and lawlessness.”
Tseole said the organisers of the pageant deserved support from all Basotho to ensure that the pageant continues to run in the future.
“I promise to offer my full support to make sure that this important event continues.
“I want you to keep your heads up and continue, in time help will start flowing in, after all it takes time for Basotho to adjust and appreciate new things,” Tseole said.
Lilaphalapha provided entertainment to the about 80 guests who attended the function.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors Population Services International, Tsielo Mpeqa, said the event was a key stepping stone towards developing the modelling industry.
“It is important for local businesses and organisations to support this event. A pageant of this magnitude proves that there is hope for our models to get international exposure,” Mpeqa said.
Since its formation in 2009 the Face of Lesotho has taken four local beauty queens to represent the Mountain Kingdom abroad.
In 2009 Face of Lesotho sent Sarah Mafereka to Italy for the Raggaza Cinema pageant.
Last year they flew Mphakisoane to Nigeria for the Miss University Africa while Karabelo Mokoallo represented Lesotho at the Miss World in China.
Earlier this year the organisation sent Lieketseng Nkune to Nigeria for the Miss University Africa.

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