With the auditions done and dusted in 5 cities i.e Maun, Palapye, Fancistown, Gantsi and Gaborone, well over 60 models entered the pageant.
After the pageant was labelled a "joke" by the public and many industry experts last year - largely because only three out of the twelve finalist who were due to participate in the national beauty contest actually participated. This year, however, the organisers are looking to redeem themselves and one of the ways is by redesigning the Miss Botswana crown.
Speaking at the launch yesterday, Caiphus Othamile of La Calla Jewellers explained that when they approached the Miss Botswana organisation, their main aim was to design a crown that depicts the rich Batswana culture.
"We said to them that, why can't we have a crown that is made here, by locals? That incorporates indigenous material, that incorporates cultures and customs of Botswana. They welcomed the idea," he said.
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The new Miss Botswana crown, which is valued between P100,000 to P250,000, inherits the identity of a noble woman, hence its name 'Mosadi Wa Thwathwa'. The focal point of the design depicts an abstract head of a woman who is wearing a doek. The doek, which is a piece of cloth traditional wrapped around a woman's head during social gatherings as a sign of submission and respect to society, also incorporates the Botswana flag colours, which are blue, black and white. This denotes to the principles of the pageant, which are embedded on national and international pride.
Congratulations to all the contestants!
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Main Image Credit: Facebook/Miss Botswana 2018/2019