The most beautiful women of the world are converging in Sanya, China for the 65th edition of the Miss World beauty pageant.
The finals will take place on December 19th at the Crown of Beauty Theatre. The reigning queen, Rolene Strauss of South Africa who enjoyed a successful reign since being crowned the winner in London last year, will crown her successor.
One hundred delegates have been confirmed for this year’s pageant and most of the beauty queens departed for China over the past week. In the coming weeks, the aspiring queens alongside Botswana’s very own Seneo Bambino Mabengano will go all out to wow and woo the judges in a bid to secure an impressive spot that might edge them closer to winning the ultimate crown.
The 19 year-old left for China on Friday, and from the minute that she lands in the host country, all her movements and everything that she does will be watched with a hawk’s eye by chaperones and those tasked with seeing to who eventually wins the crown. Mabengano hails from Mmadinare and in a recent press release, she spoke about how being crowned Miss Botswana has changed her life. “It is surreal that I was chosen the fairest of them all and I continue to be thankful for the opportunity to represent my country,” she said in the release.
The beauty queen is a student of Professional Design at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She is looking forward to meeting other beauty queens and making her mark in the competition. She has also embarked on numerous activities in preparation for the Miss World pageant. “I have made it, my mission is on to help the less privileged kids around Botswana by assisting various organisations to raise awareness and collection of amenities for them. This includes collection of food hampers and clothing for children at Princess Marina Hospital who may need this kind of assistance,” she said.
“This is a project I have been working on since the start of the Miss Botswana journey and will be presenting it at Miss World. I intend to continue with the project long after the competition is over and trust that the ever so kind people of Botswana will continue to support my endeavours,” she added.
She promised to do her “very best” to be counted amongst the worthy beauties to wear the Miss World crown. “I know and believe that with your prayers all is possible. As a proud Motswana I will be sharing the beauty and warmth of my country with all those I will meet in China,” said Mabengano.
Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle
Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.
The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.
Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.
This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.
Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”
Model Olorato Erica going places
Tall and slender with striking features, Olorato Erica Moalosi turns heads everywhere she goes. This unique beauty has graced True Love magazine, been the face of the Mascom derby, Fashion without borders and the De Beers Forever Mark Diamond campaign among many others. She is a globetrotter with plans to take the global modeling world by storm and she sure has what it takes to be counted among the best.
The God fearing young woman who was born and schooled in Lobatse, was raised in the Guta Ra Mwari (Zvimiso) church. Straight from the streets of Woodhall, she went to school at Lesedi la pela before completing her secondary school at Crescent School. In school, she loved sport and took part and excelled in basketball and athletics. She started with beauty pageants in kindergarten but only fell in love with modeling in 2010.
After completing her Form five, she had not performed too well and took a gap year to re-write her IGCSE examinations. She then had time to explore her other interest and that is when she found her passion in modeling. After re-writing, she went on to do short courses in business, entrepreneurship, insurance and Portuguese. This kept her busy and gave her competitive leverage in the work sector but her love for modeling remained unchanged.
Moalosi says that the journey to modeling was stressful although it paid off in the end. She started off as a beauty queen and was a finalist in Miss Teen Universe Botswana Finalist in 2008 and 2013, and Miss Vision 2016 in 2013. In 2016 she made it to the top 16 of Miss Botswana and was crowned Miss Global International Botswana in 2016.
She joined Gemstones in 2011. “A friend of mine believed in the potential God bestowed in me and paid for my auditions at the time. Little did I know that experience would change my life! I was top four in Gemstones and had my first magazine feature.”
To date, her career highlights include Gaborone Fashion Week (2012), Independence Fashion Show (2013), Masa Square Hotel Fashion Show (2014-2017), President’s Day Competitions (2014-2018), Fashion Without Borders Fashion Show (2015-2017), Woolworths Fashion Show (2016), Mascom Derby Fashion Show (2017), Forever Mark Diamond Showcase (DeBeers) Africa (2017), True Love Magazine Night Of Style Fashion Show (2018), which was held in South Africa, Zimbabwe Fashion Week (2018) and Africa Fashion International Johannesburg Fashion Week (2018) as well as Look Of The Year Competition (2018),where she was chosen out of the whole of Africa to represent Botswana in China.
Moalosi says that for one to excel as a model, they should preserve and also be consistent, passionate, authentic, disciplined and professional. She points out that Botswana is still lagging behind in growing the modeling industry, but there is progress. “We need to stick together. Let’s nurture and grow the talent we have. Furthermore, more seminars should be held to equip aspiring models with knowledge and skills about the industry. Just because one is tall, it does not mean one can be a model. But stakeholders such as the Ministry Of Youth Sports And Culture Development have made effort and other companies and individuals should come on board.”
Moalosi says that in modeling one day in you’re in and the next you are out. “My secret weapon is prayer. I believe in the beauty of my dreams. The fact that I may not be where I aspire to be also keeps me going. I aspire to be better than Model Erica from 2011 and grab every opportunity that comes my way.” She advises aspiring models to never give up on their dreams. She also says that it is important to do research and that rejection is sometimes necessary because it is meant to be a form of motivation. She adds: “Confidence is the best outfit you can wear as a model.”
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