MASERU — Students from tertiary institutions will vie for the first Miss Lesotho Universities and Colleges Sport Association (LUCSA) crown at Coop College on Saturday.
The pageant’s co-ordinator, Lebohang Ramone of EV Cosmetics and Saloon, told the Weekender the event will see beauties from seven institutions battling it out for the tittle.
“We have seven institutions out of the 14 under LUCSA competing for the Miss LUCSA crown on Saturday,” Ramone said.
He said more than 20 girls from LUCSA members — Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lerotholi Polytechnic, Lesotho Agricultural College, National University of Lesotho, Lesotho College of Education, National Health and Training College, Lesotho Co-operative College and Centre for Accounting Studies – will be competing.
LUCSA is a sporting association for local universities and colleges which was established in 2003.
Its mandate is to promote sporting participation and a competitive spirit among students from these institutions.
“This is the first leg of the annual tertiary pageant,” Ramone said.
“Next year we will have Mr and Miss LUCSA to ensure all institutions are represented in the competition because some LUCSA members have both sexes while others are for only men.”
Ramone said he was on a mission to help local tertiary institutions organise pageants with the hope of casting the final Miss EV next year.
“The LUCSA tells me they have been working on hosting an annual pageant that will follow their sports tournament, so I decided to continue helping the institutions to hold individual pageants.
“The institutional pageants will commence in August this year as a build-up to the Mr and Miss LUCSA to be staged during the Moshoeshoe’s Day weekend next year,” he said.
Ramone said the pageant was postponed to Saturday from the weekend of March 11 because “we were still a bit behind with planning and struggled to find venues”.
Ramone, who opened a modelling and dance academy, told the Weekender he is aiming to promote modelling in the country.
He said although his idea of helping tertiary institutions hold pageants was to recruit finalists for the annual Miss EV, he had decided to keep Miss EV an open competition.
“I don’t want Miss EV to be a replica of Miss LUCSA so it will remain an open competition for all beauties Lesotho has.
“My intention is to take part in the promotion of modelling in the country that is why I decided to open a modelling academy to groom talent at a tender age,” he said.
Ramone added: “Modelling incorporates a lot of skills and talents and with the academy we don’t only nurture modelling alone but enhance hidden dancing talents which will make choreography easier.”
LUCSA president Kokolia Ramabele told the Weekender the pageant will allow a more interactive atmosphere for students.
“A beauty pageant has a different set-up from ball tournaments where schools only attend to cheer their players,” he said.
“We want to have a platform that will unearth hidden talent among students who don’t participate in ball games,” Ramabele said.
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