By Mohalenyane Phakela
MASERU –– Masianokeng-born ‘Matša-ba Makhoathi won the 2014 Miss Lesotho Cooperative College last Saturday, with Liteboho Lebeisa and Ntolo ‘Mota coming second and third, respectively.
The 10 contestants were judged on five aspects; the ability to make a speech, the catwalk, individual talent, dance and the ability to answer questions which revolved around abuse, peace and orphans.
The panel of judges included model Bongiswa Hesman, who won the 2012 Face of Lesotho pageant.
The ecstatic Makhoathi, 22, could not believe she had emerged victorious among such a highly-competitive group.
“The competition was tight, as my contenders were very beautiful and extremely gifted.
“I believe the confidence instilled in me, the way I answered the judges’ questions and the poem I performed, made me the winner.
“I am confident the crown is going to open many doors for me in the modeling industry, as I am going to be fully engaged in community projects by volunteering at orphanages and old people’s homes.
“I would also like to be an inspiration to other girls in that they should understand that pageants are not all about looks but brains too.
“Everyone can take part in a pageant, but what matters the most is the determination and the way one presents herself on stage,” she said.
Makhoathi, a second-year student studying Cooperatives and Business Management, also paid tribute to those who have continued to support her fledgling modeling career.
“I would like to thank my family for supporting my modeling career, as well as my two lecturers, Miss Ntsoele and Miss Letele.”