Rising above the storm

With her vivid red hair, bright yellow jumpsuit and bold blue lipstick, Basadi Masimolole nee Molelekeng is one of the country’s more colourful characters.

With a bright personality to match her striking dress sense, the lively and often controversial team leader of Miss Botswana restructuring sat down with The Voice’s Sharon Mathala to discuss beauty pageants, divorce and social media.

Q. Good Afternoon, being the face of the controversial Miss Botswana pageant must have been exhausting. How did you handle the pressure?

A. It was not easy, that’s for sure!

Dealing with the national pageant can never be easy because there are too many voices and opinions on how things should be done and when they should be done.

What really helped me was meditation.

It really came in handy during this period in my life and although I am not a religious person, I am very much spiritual.

Q. Why did you decide to join ship with the pageant? You were bound to receive a lot of criticism?

A. I like messy brands; I like changing people’s ideas and perception about brands so to be fair, yes, I knew right from the start that it was not going to be an easy job but someone had to do it.


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