Sunday, October 2, 2011

LESOTHO | 2012 Meet the Misses e.3 - Face of Lesotho 2011/2012

 The Kingdom of Lesotho lies over 1000 meters above sea level with 80% of it located over 1800 meters above sea level. Therefore, it is the Kingdom in the Sky. The nation is the southernmost enclave in the world completely surrounded by South Africa. Because of its altitude, the country remains cooler throughout the year than most other regions at the same latitude. Lesotho has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Even though very little of Lesotho is covered in water, the rivers that run across the country are an important part of Lesotho's economy. Much of the country's export income comes from water, and much of its power comes from hydroelectricity. The Orange River rises in the Drakensberg mountains in northeastern Lesotho and flows across the entire length of the country before exiting to South Africa in the southwest. The Caledon River marks the northwestern part of the border with South Africa. Other rivers include the Malibamatso, Matsoku and Senqunyane. The main mineral resource is diamonds from the Letseng diamond mine in the Maluti mountain range. Other mineral resources include coal, galena, quartz, agate and uranium deposits, but their exploitation is not considered commercially viable. Much of the population engages in subsistence farming. The nation debuted in Miss World 1979 and competed in 1980, 1981, 2003 and 2010. This year, Nomazondo Veronica Mphakisoane will be the sixth representative of Lesotho at Miss World.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Nomazondo Veronica Mphakisoane, Face of Lesotho 2011/2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
On the 29th October, 24 years ago Nomazondo Mphakisoane was born a star to light the hearts of her proud parents Mr and Mrs Mphakisoane. She is an outgoing person, slightly clumsy at times but with a great sense of humour. She is also very competitive. She loves shopping, dancing, eating and spending lots of time with her friends and family. She is very passionate about beauty, especially taking part in beauty pageants and modelling. She has always had a passion for being recognised as a symbol of love and compassion. She wants to serve as a ray of light to the broken hearted, deprived, disadvantaged.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown
To me my country is in my blood; it’s my beloved country, the land of my ancestors. The mountain Kingdom is totally land locked within the boundaries of South Africa. It is usually called the roof of Africa due to its elevation above sea level. Lesotho has some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Maseru is Lesotho’s capital town. It has a rich heritage and interesting history. Lesotho is a constitutional Monarchy. The King is the Head of State but holds a ceremonial position only constitutionally.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 62nd Miss World finals?
I am going to represent Lesotho in the 62nd Miss World Finals. It is quite an honour, a blessing, a moment to treasure, a dream come true and my intention is to bring the glory back home. I am going to participate in this competition not just to put an act but to leave a foot print. I thank almighty for this opportunity.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Bruno Mars with the song Just the Way you Are. I am beautiful just the way I am. It makes realise who I am and accept myself for who I really am.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
My typical day starts with reading some passages from the Bible and making a short prayer, then a short jog, followed by a relaxing bath. Then its breakfast and off to visit some of the charities. Afterwards I go hang with some of my friends before going to my late afternoon lectures. Later in the evening I sit down for television with my family before going to bed around 9.30pm, but after making a prayer of course.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In ten years time with God alongside me, I see myself as a successful business woman, owning a very successful modelling agency....and being a charted accounted is my dream...

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Me Masechele Khaketla...This woman is a real icon to me. She is the author of The Woman you Gave Me (mosali eo o nnehileng eena) and the founder of Iketsetseng Private School. She is a very strong woman and is one of the reasons I believe I could do everything. She is the real inspiration to me .If one really wants to know the essence of a woman, then find out more about this iconic woman. I am what I am and will be what I will be because of this woman. She made me know and realise that a mother is not that woman who carried you for nine months but every woman out there is a mother.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would certainly choose my beloved country, The mountain Kingdom of Lesotho because I am the change I want it to be...I am the future of these mountainous beautiful country...

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
I am against the use of this kind of power because, it includes the storage of and management of dangerous high cost of building nuclear facilities and the small possibility of accidents. It can last for thousands of years before being safe again, so this a major hurdle which must be overcome before nuclear power can expand. All in all it pollutes the environment just as what happened as a consequence of the Sendai Earthquake.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Human trafficking, physical and psychological abuse of woman and children (children slavery, prostitution).

11. What are your duties as the Face of Lesotho?
My duties as face of Lesotho is to be a good rule model to the youth of this country...right now am running a campaign AIDS AWARENESS,SAFE SEX AND SAYING NO TO TEENAGE PRENANCY.....and visiting different charities to make those children feel loved and appreciated, and sharing with them.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Networking, expansion of charity work, easy access to the whole world, effectiveness and keep up to date with current world wide affairs as and when they unfold. Exposure for the model to the whole world.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
To be a human being you got have compassion that can serve as a ray of light to the broken hearted, deprived, needy and should not only focus on her/himself. You have to love life, love people, love the world and love yourself .

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to have visions, passion and know what I want in life. Be a go getter, a fighter and not a quitter, know self worth, be talented and always dream and make sure my dreams come true.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
TO MY SUPPORTERS AND READERS OF TIMES OF BEAUTY...At the end of the day, it’s not only about me, it’s about the community, my country, Africa and the whole world at large. Lets stand together, keep supporting us the models and we will never let you down. I would not have done it this far alone, lets support each other and once we are up there we will pat ourselves at the back and raise our hands proudly high saying INDEED THIS IS A VICTORY AND TOGETHER WE MADE IT.

and finally...
Personal Motto: No matter how hard life may seem, never let go of your dreams and TRUST IN GOD.
Personal Goal: Being a charted accountant
Favorite Dream Destination: Paris
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Obsessed
Favorite Book: At first glance (Mills and Boon)
Favorite Singer: Luther Vandros
Favorite Actor: Shona Ferguson (South African actor)
Favorite Hobby: Cooking
Favorite Sport: Soccer

Tlali Bernard Tlali, National Director of Miss World in Lesotho
Nomazondo Mphakisoane, Face of Lesotho 2011/2012

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