She talks about her preparation for the contest ahead of her departure on Wednesday.
By CityLife Arts Writer
Medical doctor Thato Mosehle – who was crowned Miss Supranational South Africa 2020 at the Miss South Africa pageant last year – leaves on Wednesday (August 4) to compete in the international competition.
She will be taking part in the 12th edition of the Miss Supranational pageant to be held in Nowy Sącz, Poland, with the finals on August 21; the first person under the official Miss South Africa Organisation banner to do so. Miss Supranational 2019 Anntonia Porsild, from Thailand, will crown her successor.
Mosehle says she is honoured and proud that she gets to start the Miss Supranational legacy under the Miss South Africa Organisation banner: “The support from South Africans has been beautiful to see. It pushes me to do my best. I have developed great confidence in myself and my abilities. Keep me in your prayers, I hope to make you extremely proud!”
She says she has put in huge preparations ahead of the finale: “I have had runway training as well as hair and makeup training sessions. I have been working closely with Miss South Africa creative director Werner Wessels in order to understand the essence of the pageant. I have developed and grown immensely. I have had the opportunity of receiving life coaching, vocal preparation and current affairs training which will forever stay with me, even beyond the final night.”
Her national costume has been designed by Sello Medupe, the owner of Scalo. It has been inspired by an African warrior princess with elements of Mosehle’s Sotho culture and heritage incorporated. Day wear outfits come from Willet Designs Couture, Malondie, Sheriff Taylor, Ernst Schutz and Juan William Aria. Her evening gowns are particularly meaningful to her.
“Some are from Kobus Rautenbach (which is really special because he made my matric farewell gown many years ago) and Anel Botha, who is also based in my home town, is the one making my evening gown and preliminary night gown among other evening gowns. I love my wardrobe; all these incredible South African designers have found a way to make me feel incredibly special.”
So what is she looking forward to most: “Obviously it is to represent South Africa to the best of my ability on the international stage. However, I’m also thrilled to explore Poland as I’ve never been there as well as to meet like-minded women from all across the world.”
Watch the Miss South Africa official website and social media pages, closer to the time, for details on where to watch the pageant. You can also vote for Thato on her social media accounts.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic and Sun International.
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