By: Ntova Ramokhele
The 23-year-old girl Palesa Makara from Maseru was crowned Miss Lesotho 2019 winner at Avani Maseru Hotel on Saturday.
Makara won over judges at the outgoing of 12 contestants, while Michelle Dyamdeki and Refiloe Pitso snatched the first and second Princess titles respectively.
“Many people have fear of failure which brings them down. I worked on my fear by practising myself looking in the mirror, now I know I can beat the fear and come out on the other side,” Makara said.
She emphasized that she used her experience on the pageantry scene where she won Miss Lesotho Agricultural College (LCA), which was her first time taking part in beauty pageants.
“Even though I won that title, that did not make me take an advantage over other girls because I felt like it is my first time to take part in the pageantry,” she said.
She indicated that she was competing with people who have got more experience than she does, but still managed to outshine them.
The alumni student from LAC said,
“It was a tough competition from the onset, but I prayed so hard for God to give me power, strength and through His mercy and grace, I made it.”
“The support that I got from the family and the crowd that kept cheering up on me boosted my confidence also made my smile constant. I even answered the questions of the judges properly.”
By winning the pageant, Makara succeeds Rethabile Thaatha. The new queen will represent Lesotho at Miss World 2019 pageant later this year.
She intends to study at the National University of Lesotho when the academic year starts in August this year.
“It should be clear that being a beauty queen does not mean walking around half-naked as people think, it is just the matter of embracing your humanity.” Makara concluded.