A 12-year-old girl, Baone Tshoganetso has outshone fellow aspiring Little Miss Mahalapye pageantry candidates. The Tamocha Primary School former pupil’s confidence won her the crown.
The bubbly and beautiful young girl told Arts & Culture this week that she believes that she had the values of being a queen because she was hardworking, time conscious, creative and innovative.
“I entered Little Miss Mahalapye because through it, one can be the voice of the voiceless,” she said. Tshoganetso also said the pageantry teaches children their culture, which can be passed on to other generations.
During her reign as the Little Miss Mahalapye queen, Tshoganetso said she aspires to build a modelling agency for her peers.
She explained that through that agency, she would be able to teach both young boys and girls to be professional models who can represent the country in the international modelling platform.
Even though she scooped that title, little Tshoganetso has explained that her journey towards the grand finale had not been easy.
She said raising funds to meet the pageantry requirements was her biggest challenge.
She indicated that she needed a full wardrobe; make up, shoes and other necessities that her family had to buy for her. She called on the business community and other stakeholders to support pageantry.
She explained that after being announced
The pageant’s director Gao Phuti said the competition was open to all primary school-going pupils. She said it was open to both boys and girls. Phuti said the objective of the beauty pageant was to teach children to be responsible, confident, instill the spirit of Botho at a young age because Mahalapye was associated with many social ills.
“In the next coming years, we aspire to take the queen abroad to partake in an international pageant. This will help our queens to learn different cultures and interact with other children from different countries,” she said.
She further urged Mahalapye business community, dikgosi, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders to support them however way they could, be it financially or otherwise.
Tshoganetso’s aunt Onneile Tshoganetso urged parents to support their children’s dreams and nurture their talents.