NEWLY crowned Face of Lesotho winner, Michelle Tau has acknowledged the huge contribution her predecessor Mojabeng Senekal made to ensure her success in the pageant, saying she would do all in her power to maintain or even surpass the standards set by the former during her reign.
The 20-year-old Tau beat 16 other contestants to walk away with the Face of Lesotho sash and tiara at the pageant which was held at a local hotel on Saturday.
Tebello Maine and Sthembiso Baqeti were crowned first and second princess respectively.
The Ha Leqele-born beauty is a third-year Pastoral Care and Counselling student at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and also the reigning Miss NUL.
She succeeds Senekal who went on to win the third highest award at the Face of Beauty International in Taiwan in September 2016.
Tau will represent Lesotho at this year’s Face of Beauty International in India in September.
“I met Mojabeng two years ago when she was a student at NUL,” Tau told the Weekender this week, adding, “She coached me in preparation for both Miss NUL and the Face of Lesotho”.
“So having learned so much from her I believe I will not have big shoes to fill as she taught me everything and besides she is still around for if I need any assistance.
“I also feel it is not too early to start preparing for the Face of Beauty International, so I am going to start by preparing for the I Am Me Workshop while working to secure sponsorship early to avoid hiccups.”
The I Am Me title is given to the contestant of the Face of Beauty International who showcases great participation, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence and self-belief in everything they do during the I Am Me workshop.
Tau also cited the power of prayer for her achievement.
“I had lots of fun and experiences during the pageant but still I was intimidated by the way other contenders conducted themselves.
“However, I am a very confident person who also believes in prayer so I kept thanking God every time the number of contestants was cut down and I managed to pull through,” she said.