Preparations for this year’s instalment of the Junior Miss Botswana (JMB) pageant are underway, with audition dates set to be announced soon.
The pageantry is now in its sixth year of existence and will partner with Childline Botswana for its latest edition.
Talking exclusively to Voice Entertainment this week, one of the event’s organisers, Queen Koolobe revealed that this year’s competition would include a few notable changes.
As is the norm the pageant will once again feature children aged between 6 to 14 years.
However, the woman popularly known as Madamme Queen explained that a contestant’s weight is not a criteria that will be considered by the JMB 2017 judges.
“This time around a lot of things will be different. For instance, the weight of the participants will not have any impact on the results, meaning all children within the age range are welcome regardless of their weight,” she said.
“Our intention is to groom the young girls we have an interest in with the hope that they turn out to be women of substance in their communities and also aim at one of them being crowned Miss Botswana when they are older so that they represent us at the world stages,” continued Madamme Queen.
After winning the pageant, the Queens are taken to training and also engage in fundraising events, as well as hosting motivation talks targeted at their age mates. Additionally, the winners take part in professional photoshoots, which are used for advertising.
Last year’s winner in the 6 to 10 age group was Palesa Laura Mokopakgosi, her first princess was Lorato Kgolaganyo and second princess went to Palesa Rebecca Motsewetsho.
In the 11 to 14 category, the 2016 Queen went to Bokang Mosamanethebe, with Pinkie Kwaile coming second and Sakshi Bhargava third.