The 2017 Queen Esther has been crowned. She is Tshepo Jennifer Modise. The 2017 Queen has been afforded a life changing opportunity with a price of a scholarship to study at a university in the USA. This is the pageant’s seventh year anniversary. The theme of this year’s theme was ‘Agents of Change’. Coordinator Vehae Tjiriange said they had built up various activities for the contestants, including the ‘Lead Girl Networking Conference’. This was a platform where girls from all over the country with leadership potential convened in Gaborone for a leadership training on leadership skills including abstinence, academic excellence, public speaking, etiquette, stewardship and being agents of change in their communities. “The 12 finalists who were from all over the country have been working on girl empowerment projects for two months,” she said. Tjiriange said since then the organisation has grown to run other girl empowerment projects in partnership with the US Embassy, Ministry of Youth, Gender Affairs Department and International Universities. She said they have also partnered with private institutions to award scholarships out to school girls who are clients of the organisation and to some of the reigning queens.
“It is our ultimate goal to continue to grow and build on our dream in order to continue and expand on this worthwhile event,” she said. She highlighted the need to continue to empower the girl child, and women. She emphasized that when they first imagined the Queen Esther Beauty Pageant, they imagined a signature event that would grow to be part of the global event. “This is an event birthed out of a beauty pageant that took place in the book of Esther in the Bible, where Esther was crowned the Queen.To celebrate the ultimate expression of true beauty, intelligence and integrity and a new pageant for Christian ladies,” she said. Judges looked at the ladies’ Christian character and values when evaluating the contestants. Contestants do not wear swimsuits or clothes that are too revealing.