Local girl shines in North Carolina

LEPHALALE — In September 2017 Mogol Post published a story about the 2016 Miss Lephalale TVET College, Kamogelo Phahladira going to study Film and TV Production at the University of North Carolina in the US, under the J1 sponsorship.

On Saturday 17 February Kamogelo participated in the #MissFlawsome pageant, which was a first of its kind in Charlotte North Carolina. She was crowned Queen and had the best speech accolade.

“Flawsome,” (as the adjective suggests) is used to describe something that is awesome because of its flaws.

Kamogelo says what she loved about Miss Flawsome is its uniqueness in focusing on building women’s self-confidence and accepting participants irrespective of their body size or looks.

The joyful Kamogelo said that 43 people initially entered for the competition and it was shortlisted to the top 12.

“During the session one of the judges asked fellow competitors who they were not scared of and eight girls pointed at me. That hurt me badly and made me feel incompetent and I wanted to quit,” she says.

Little did she know that it would push her to do her best and research what the title of the pageant #MissFlawsome meant?

“As my knowledge about America is little I didn’t know how to prepare to answer questions and I checked my dictionary for the meaning of ‘flawsome’. The following day I was asked to share my understanding of it and that explanation won me the best speech. And as if that wasn’t enough, I was crowned as the queen,” she says.

Kamogelo says that competing in a foreign environment against competitors who are able to buy expensive clothes and get the best make-up artists was not easy.

Her advice to the peers is to not let psychological poverty define them.

“It is not your fault that you were born in a poor environment but sticking to poverty and not fighting it becomes your fault. Dream big, set your goals high enough to scare you and lower enough to encourage you, you can do it,” she said.

She says she is always grateful for the support she gets from locals on social media.

The Waterberg born girl says this pageant is one of the most important and memorable things in her life.

She won a laptop and $1 500 (R17 310), and will go to Miami for two weeks from 26 March and New York in June.

Part of the trips will see her motivate young women at various schools.

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