FS finalist is SA’s first princess

2016-03-23 06:00
ELIZABETH MOLAPO (23) from Bloemfontein was crowned as the first princess in the Miss South Africa 2016 Pageant on Saturday (19/03). She was armed and ready to take on the event with the advice from former Miss World, Rolene Strauss.    Photo: Supplied

ELIZABETH MOLAPO (23) from Bloemfontein was crowned as the first princess in the Miss South Africa 2016 Pageant on Saturday (19/03). She was armed and ready to take on the event with the advice from former Miss World, Rolene Strauss. Photo: Supplied

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A BLOEMFONTEIN finalist in the Miss South Africa 2016 Pageant, Elizabeth Molapo (23), has walked away with the first princess title in Carnival City on Saturday (19/03).

Molapo was one of the 12 finalists from across the country competing for the crown, along with R2 million’s worth of prizes.

Prior to the competition, Molapo said she was armed and ready to take on the glamorous event with advice from former Miss World, Rolene Strauss.

Mpumalanga-born Ntandoyenkosi Kunene was crowned as Miss South Africa 2016 and Tayla Skye was named as second princess.

Molapo, a final-year B.Com Economics student at the University of the Free State (UFS), said she remembered bumping into Rolene Strauss a few times and Rolene’s advice had stuck with her ever since.

“Always remember why you entered this competition and why you do what you do,” Rolene told her.

Molapo, originally from Lesotho, mentioned that she had experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, but never had the thought of being anxious or nervous.

“I am really positive and excited and I have learnt to trust the process. I am sad when I think about having to part ways with all of these amazing ladies,” she said.

Molapo, who is also a member of Ace Models in Bloemfontein, is the daughter of Nkube Molapo, a worker at the Central Bank of Lesotho, and his wife, Getrude, an employee of AON South Africa in Lesotho.

She said that besides all of the preparation done with the Miss South Africa team, she also had her personal manner in which she had prepared herself.

“I got enough sleep, set aside a few minutes in my busy day to meditate and through the whole process, remained grounded.”

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