Monday 18th February, 2008


Queens in a rage… but only 7 selected

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Officials at the Pageant Company of T&T got more than they bargained for yesterday during the screening of delegates to represent this country at two international beauty pageants this year.

More than 150 potential queens turned up at Zen nightclub on Keate Street, Port-of-Spain, hoping to be selected as one of seven finalists who would eventually vie for the opportunity to represent this country at the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions.

July 15 is the date given for the staging of Miss Universe in Vietnam, while Miss World is advertised to take place in October in Ukraine.

Successful young women who will vie for the honour of representing T&T at the two contests are:

* Gabrielle Walcott, 23;

* Sasiya Albert, 22;

* Makeda O Neal, 23;

* Kerry-Ann Murphy, 19;

* Priya Chanderbally, 24;

* June Lightbourne, 23;and,

* Anya Ayoung-Chee, 26.

Speaking to the Guardian, Adrian Raymond, of the Pageant Company, said:

“We usually prepare numbers for about 100 girls, but the lines outside club Zen bent around the corner.

“When we realised we were out of numbers, we were forced to make additional ones, though a little scrappy using pen and paper, but it was required.

“It was a difficult screening. We had a lot of beautiful, articulate women. All they need is a little polishing. We took note of some of the unsuccessful candidates because of their potential.

“We would like some of them to work with photographers Calvin French and Butch Lim Choy and go to Meiling for fittings, too.”

An adjudication panel comprising Raymond, Peter Elias, Sandra Hordatt, Calvin French, Ashvin Bally and Alyson Brown presided over the four-hour process, during which the young women went through a four-round elimination.

Raymond said: “We truly have T&T represented this time, and we are looking forward to an incredible show at the Zen next week.”

Successful delegates are to undergo a week of intense training in the run-up to the Miss T&T Pageant, which takes place at Zen on Sunday.

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