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
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
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,
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.