Reigning Miss World Barbados and the delegates of the 2019 competition posing with a guest at the cocktail reception.

The delegates speaking to Creig Freeman of Seawell Fitness Centre.

Delegates for Miss World Barbados revealed

Eight delegates who will be vying for the opportunity to take over the mantel as Miss World Barbados formally received their sashes on Saturday night at a cocktail reception hosted at the Caribbean Market Centre, Newton Industrial Estate Christ Church. Reigning Queen and newly appointed chairman Ashley Lashley performed the honour then presented each participant with a bag of goodies from longstanding sponsor Neutrogena.

Lashley spoke highly of her reign, indicating that the Caribbean Market Centre had afforded her the opportunity to travel the world while creating unforgettable memories. She shared, “When I participated in the Miss World show it was honestly a phenomenal experience because I got to participate in the show with over 119 delegates from across the world.”

The striking beauty ranked in the top 30, placing in every category at the Miss World Show which took place in China. She believes the Miss World organisation offers young women the opportunity to showcase their talents and provides them a platform to give back to their communities. Lashley assured that this crop of girls possess extreme talent and potential to bring home the Miss World crown.

Some details of the pageant, which is scheduled for August 31st were revealed. However, they are currently keeping the venue under wraps. This year’s competition is themed ‘First Love Yourself’ and will feature various preliminary activities. This includes a sporting challenge where the delegates’ endurance, stamina and strength will be tested. Fun elements will also be incorporated.

Seawell Fitness Centre has come onboard as a sponsor to ensure the delegates are at their optimum fitness level. Representative Creig Freeman stated, “It is indeed our pleasure to be working with Miss World Barbados this year.”

He added, “It is definitely one of our goals to add to the landscape of Barbados and we don’t take it lightly to sponsor anyone that will go beyond our shores and represent Barbados in any manner possible.”

Each delegate will be undertaking a humanitarian project since this competition aims to be one with a difference. The “Beauty with a Purpose” project is focused on giving back to their communities and gives some insight to each delegate individually as it is set to emulate their personalities. Another element will be a talent showcase which promises to be highly entertaining.

Earlier in the evening, Rodney Powers, who took over the franchise three years ago, gave kudos to his hardworking team. He expressed, “We believe that the women should be pampered, we take good care of them, we make sure that everything is managed properly. We put together all of their activities and we put together their wardrobe as well.”

He informed, “We are working on substance abuse as one of our programme activities for this year.” He further highlighted they were working with multiple sponsors, including Cooke’s Finest, who provided treats for the reception.

Caribbean Market Centre is partnering with Miss World Organization and some of the international delegates will be on the island to enjoy several Crop Over festivities. They are working to get the reigning Miss World among that group who will travel to the island. (ST)

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