MASERU — Beauty queen Karabelo Mokoallo leaves for Barbados tomorrow to participate in the Miss Humanity International beauty contest.
The competition is scheduled for October 13 to 23.
Mokoallo told the Weekender on Tuesday that she was excited and ready to take part in the competition.
“The invitation came at a short notice but with my determination and the confidence local companies have in me, I am ready to face the challenge.
“I am very thankful to the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture for the return ticket,” Mokoallo said.
The country’s leading newspaper, the Lesotho Times, gave her M5 000 to buy shoes and dresses needed for the pageant.
Another local company, SSP Sugar, also chipped in with some spending money while she is in Barbados.
The 1.75-metre tall Mokoallo will battle it out with 80 other girls from across the world.
“Although not all the local companies responded positively, I am grateful to those that helped me even though it was at short notice,” Mokoallo said.
“The response was much more positive than last year when I was preparing to go to China. This means local businesses are seeing modelling with a different eye.”
Mokoallo said she was looking forward to excelling at the competition.
“I know it’s not going to be an easy route but with the experience I got in China I am ready for any challenge, after all I have prepared and I have all my faith in God,” Mokoallo said.
Mokoallo was invited to participate at the 2011 Miss Humanity International because of her humanitarian projects throughout the country.
Miss Humanity International is an innovative pageant aimed at promoting and raising awareness about humanitarian causes worldwide.
The pageant is open to young ladies aged between 16 and 27 who have a strong passion for community and humanitarian service.
Contestants are mandated to support charities that work to advocate against child labour, HIV and Aids discrimination, domestic abuse, genocide, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, hunger, and lack of access to pure drinking water or discrimination and poverty.
All national representatives are expected to engage in social activities with businesses and governments to benefit all of humanity through charitable causes.