8 vie for Miss Universe Bahamas crown
Guardian Lifestyles Editor
Published: Aug 24, 2013
Eight exquisite young women will vie for the title of Miss Universe Bahamas and the opportunity to represent The Bahamas at the Miss Universe pageant.
Competing for the right to wear the crown in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, November 9 will be Chantel O’Brian, Crystal Glinton, Lexi Wilson, Rochelle Alexandre, Shanae Strachan, Taisha-Monet Smellie, Tavette Darville and Vandia Sands. They will take to the stage in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort for the national leg on Sunday, September 8.
The women were presented during a launch party at The Nassau Florist and JW Events (formerly Gaylord’s) on Dowdeswell Street which kicked off a number of national events to celebrate five decades of pageantry and tourism in The Bahamas.
In 1963 when the government of The Bahamas officially established a ministry to market the country to the world in response to a rapidly growing tourism industry, the nation’s foremost beauty ambassadors began taking the message of The Bahamas to the world’s leading international beauty pageants. Now, 50 years later, a number of festivities are being planned to commemorate what is being termed “The Golden Era”.
Today, the traditional float parade will take place. The parade starts at noon on Arawak Cay and will end with the national costume judging which makes a return this year at 3 p.m. at Pompey Square. A special award will be presented to the delegate with the best costume and most beautiful float.
The first round of judging for delegates will take place on Sunday, August 25 with the swimsuit and evening gown competitions to be held at the official home of the Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant The Balmoral Club on Sanford Drive.
According to pageant officials, The Bahamas is once again positioning itself to be a favorite at the Miss Universe pageant. This time around, pageant watchers are confident the results will be different.
The delegates have completed eight weeks of grooming and coaching as participants of the Miss Bahamas Enrichment Program — the women were taught everything from pursuing their purpose, to etiquette and social graces by several leading Bahamians during the intensive program.
Although comparatively small in number, the group of delegates is being described as the most competitive ever, promising pageant-goers an unforgettable pageant season and an incredible finale showdown.