IN PICS | Miss Supranational SA turns 'African warrior princess' in national costume

05 August 2021 - 13:18 By Toni Jaye Singer
Miss Supranational SA Thato Mosehle's national costume was designed by Sello Medupe of Scalo.
Miss Supranational SA Thato Mosehle's national costume was designed by Sello Medupe of Scalo.
Image: Willem Botha/Miss SA

Thato Mosehle looks as fierce and powerful as a superhero in the national costume she'll be wearing when she competes in the Miss Supranational pageant later this month.

The creator of this unique ensemble, Sello Medupe of Scalo, was inspired by the idea of presenting Mosehle to the world as an “African warrior princess” and incorporated elements of her Sotho heritage into the design.

This is in line with the brief that was given by the organisers of the Miss Supranational pageant, explains Werner Wessels, creative director of Miss SA.

“They requested a national costume that has personal significance to the contestant,” he says.

Mosehle, who was the first runner-up of the 2020 Miss SA pageant, is a medical doctor who has been fighting on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As such, says Wessels, they wanted her outfit to “show how she sees not only herself but all of her colleagues — as warriors!”

Her national costume includes a traditional Sotho blanket (seanamarena), which Wessels says was chosen to “symbolise the comfort, warmth and pride Mosehle feels for her people”.

Thato Mosehle's national costume for the Miss Supranational pageant incorporates elements that reflect her Sotho heritage.
Thato Mosehle's national costume for the Miss Supranational pageant incorporates elements that reflect her Sotho heritage.
Image: Willem Botha/Miss SA
Thato Mosehle could become the first South African to wear the Miss Supranational crown.
Thato Mosehle could become the first South African to wear the Miss Supranational crown.
Image: Willem Botha/Miss SA

Mosehle will vie with beauty queens from 57 other countries for the Miss Supranational crown. Should she claim the title during the pageant's finale on August 21, she'll make history as the first South African to wear it.


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