The Top 30 semi finalists who are closer to realising their dream of being crowned Miss Botswana 2017 have been revealed.
The young ladies were revealed at a press briefing Monday morning in Gaborone.
They are Moitshephi Elias, Olorato Kealotswe, Evita Tlhobogang, Nicole Gaelebale, Amanda Ramatsui, Modioki Gaborone, Neelo Nthobatsang, Phio Ntloyakgosi, Kelebogile Bakoko, Keoseme Seabo, Kenaope Madisakwane, Onalethata Tlale, Uua Murangi, Katlego Gaotsenelelwe, Uzapi Hange, Gaone Masilo, Judith Kgwadi, Judith Tlokweng, Debbie Reepane, Khumo Leburu, Lorato Ikobe, Leungo Moiphemedi, Oratile Buti, Ivy Thomba, Oratile Baleti, Tsaone Boikhutso, Mpho Moloi, Chookula Mosweu, Mimi Gopadileng and Matlhogonolo Moses.
Out of the top 30, there are a couple of potential queen materials who might possibly give other queens from across the world a run for their money. The top 30 are expected to go into boot camp at which only 12 ladies will make it to Boipuso Hall on September 28th where the outgoing queen, Thata Kenosi will crown her successor.
This year, it has been revealed that a total of 59 young ladies auditioned in comparison to the 109 aspiring beauty queens who auditioned for the 50th Anniversary celebration of Botswana. The crowning in September means that the queen will have to work around the clock to prepare for Miss World. She will depart for the international pageant early November.
Speaking during the press briefing, Dorcus Thobega from Botswana Council of Women explained that they are confident that they have picked the fairest of the girls from the auditions. She also says that it is very difficult to select the beautiful because they are usually spoilt for choice.
Outlining the requirements for entering the pageant, she notes that the young ladies should never have been married, 1.67 m tall, and should not have any visible tattoos.
She also says that when it comes to the other attributes of the queen, the emphasis is on what Miss Botswana can do for the nation and the youth.
“The young woman will compete with some of the best from the world. Help us build a queen that can stand out from others,” she says.
Miss Botswana will represent the country at the 67th Miss World beauty pageant slated to take place on November 18th at the Crown of Beauty Theatre, in Sanya, China PR. The reigning Miss World, Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico will crown her successor.