‘True beauty lies in undying passion’

2015-12-02 06:00
HOPEFUL: Relebohile Kobeli, Miss Lesotho 2015.

HOPEFUL: Relebohile Kobeli, Miss Lesotho 2015.

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RELEBOHILE KOBELI, the current Miss Lesotho, jetted off to China on Friday, 20 November.

The 19-year-old will compete in the 65th Miss World competition, which takes place at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China, on 19 December.

The current Miss World, Rolene Strauss of South Africa, will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Kobeli is among 150 women from across the world hoping to be named Miss World in 2015. All the contestants have already arrived in China, where they will be spending a month.

If Kobeli wins the pageant, she will be the first woman from Lesotho to be crowned Miss World.

“I think winning the Miss World title would be a turning point for pageantry in Lesotho,” said Kobeli.

“We are one of the few countries that do not fully recognise pageants, and the value they add to the tourism industry.

“Winning the throne would be putting into practice the theory that we, as beauty queens in Lesotho, always practice what we preach,” added this second-year Geography and Environmental Management student at the University of the Free State (UFS).

Ironically, Strauss is studying towards a degree in medicine at the same institute.

“It is comforting to know that someone close to home reigned as Miss World, so it is just confirmation that it is possible and I am not too far off.”

She also voiced her thoughts on beauty.

“True beauty is not about your physical appearance.

It is about someone who has an undying love and passion for what they do.”

Kobeli told Express that she had always been passionate about pageants.

She recalls, as a little girl, her mom buying her plastic tiaras and she using the curtains as pretend dresses.

It was only in 2013 that her career as a beauty queen took off when she stopped listening to the opinions of people and started believing in herself.

She currently holds the titles of Miss Outeniqua 2014, and First Princess, Face of Lesotho 2013.

Kobeli shared her unease about the stereotype that people have over the years stuck to.

She said most individuals believed that beauty queens were unintelligent and were all focused on world peace.

She further said that being a beauty queen required hard work and was about changing lives by using your talents, crafts and interests within your normal life as an instrument to reach out to people.

Kobeli concluded by saying that she was happy she would be back home in time to spend Chrismas with her loved ones.

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