MASERU — Beauty queen Nomasondo Mphakisoane is now almost certain to leave Lesotho for China in August to take part in the Miss World beauty pageant, thanks to a new benefactor.
Global Events Management, a local company, will now take care of Mphakisoane’s travel expenses for the China jaunt.
Tlali Tlali, the Face of Rajoc boss who was helping source funds for Mphakisoane told the Weekender that he handed over the management of the beauty pageant to Global Events Management last week.
“They approached me to talk about their plans of developing modelling talent and empowering young girls in the country,” Tlali said.
“I then realised we shared the same passion so it was easy for me to transfer the licence to them.
“They will be taking over Face of Lesotho and all its activities including taking the girls to international pageants.”
Tlali will however remain as a consultant.
“I pay at least M14 000 for the international licences so it is great news to know that there are people who are willing to develop local modelling talent,” he said.
“I see a bright future for beauty pageants in the country.”
Global Events Management’s marketing director, Tseka Mokoena, told the Weekender they will foot all of Mphakisoane’s travel expenses.
Mokoena said they would train Mphakisoane to get her ready for the Miss World contest in China.
“In June she will be mentored by former Miss Soweto Lerato Kganyago and Somizi Mhlongo so that she meets international standards of modelling,” Mokoena said.
They would also be helping Mphakisoane build her social responsibility portfolio with a series of charity activities before she leaves.
Mokoena said they were looking to empower young people in different fields of art.
To achieve this, he said, they would be going to the districts to recruit beautiful girls until September when this year’s Face of Lesotho finals will be staged.
Mphakisoane won the ticket to represent the country after lifting the Face of Lesotho crown last year.