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Miss Global Botswana fails to secure sponsors

Publishing Date : 02 September, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

After fighting tooth and nail for sponsorship to go and compete outside the country for the Miss International Global in Malaysia, 24 year old Rebaabetswe Lesole’s efforts bore no fruit. 

 

She shared with this publication that government should prioritize pageants so that they can be sponsored to compete outside and market the country. In an interview with WeekendLife, Lesole cried foul about how she struggled to settle a sponsorship for herself which compromised her effectiveness at the Miss International Global where she made it to the Top 5. Although she managed to come far in the competition, she said she did not find time to do her rehearsals as most of the time she was running helter-skelter looking for funding.



“I feel I would have performed better if people came through for me with sponsorship for my wardrobe. I missed on a lot of things such as practicing (specify what was to be practiced; dancing, run way walks etc.). It was emotionally frustrating but I made it to Top five,” she recalls. When many people were turning her down and tossed her to and fro, Member of Parliament for Gaborone North constituency Mpho Balopi, sponsored her flight and her parents had to take over her wardrobe. “I feel in our country pageants are not taken seriously. Things were tough for me until I got to a point where I wanted to give up. I am not the first person to experience this. Miss Landscape International and Miss Goddess Universe, also experienced the same thing,” she pointed out.
 

 

She said, “They could not get sponsorship from government, which is not a good thing, because we are going outside the country to raise our flag up high.” She has won several other pageants of which was; being crowned Miss Ledumang Community Crowd Queen 2018/19. Lesole was called to compete at the Miss International Global by the Ambassador for International Pageants Pamela Ncube, who saw her talent and endorsed her for the Miss International Global. “She has been helping me to look for sponsors and wardrobe, even when people and stakeholders were hesitant to come on board.’’

 

Miss International Global, allows women from 35 countries to compete for the title in Malaysia. The objectives of the pageant; is to provide young women an intellectual platform to showcase their skills and talents, build confidence, raise their self-esteem, develop leadership skills and create social awareness for charities. The essence of Miss International Global, is to celebrate the totality of women's beauty, intelligence, poise and environmental awareness.  It also provides a platform and an opportunity for a great cause; to empower other women.

 

About Rebaabetswe Lesole

She hails from Thamaga and started pageantry in 2016, where she emerged as First Princess for the Miss World Information and Communication Society Day. After emerging victorious and having gained enough confidence, Rebaabetswe tried pageantry again, this time she went to compete for Miss Show in Molepolole, where she was crowned the Second Princess. She currently holds the title of Miss Ledumang Community Crowd Queen.

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