1. What motivated you to participate in Miss Barbados World?
-Earlier in 2011 I had participated in my school pageant and won. The judges were very impressed and many encouraged me to go for the national crown. I was reluctant, quite shy at the time, but I couldn’t shake the urge to participate! It was an opportunity for growth & experience.
2. How did you prepare for Miss Barbados World?
-I joined my school gym! (Lol) I made the application the day of the deadline so I honestly didn’t have a long time before jumping into the competition.
3. What was the experience like for you?
-The experience was the ultimate mix. At some point I experienced every emotion I could have imagined. But in the end it truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
4. Being a contestant at the time, one of the many vying for the Miss World crown, what was that experience like for you?
-It was intense! Three weeks of suspense is very nerve wrecking. Add that to doing your best, looking your best and feeling your best. Of course there were endless beautiful girls, it was intimidating at first but that quickly changed after I realized I was quite noticed myself. Our visit to Scotland is probably my favorite memory though, I enjoyed the culture, food and ‘country’ feel!
5. Is there anything at all that you wish you could’ve changed during your participation in Miss World?
-During my participation there were things I wished I could have changed but I came to realize as the three weeks rolled on, most were quite negligible, honestly. Like my height or some more frivolous things like ‘not speaking up enough’ or even not being the camera hog (lol). I realized it all fell into place quite nicely in the end.
6. Any juicy secrets or drama that went down behind the scenes that you could share with the readers?
-(Lol) Unfortunately for the readers (fortunately for me) there was no drama! No brawls, no fights. Secrets?…the stage and crowd appear a lot bigger on tv! And tempers flared after the final show but I guess that’s just human nature to be disappointed and ‘upset’. We all had a ball after the show for our last night together. I definitely saw the dances of the world all on one dance floor! The good, the interesting and the confusing (lol).
7. There has always been speculations of sabotage caused by viciously competitive contestants in international pageants of this caliber. Was there anything of that nature going on while you were there at Miss World?
-I would have seen and I’d have to say no. However, with that in the back of our minds, all the girls were very careful when leaving their gowns, costumes or anything unattended.
8. How did you prepare for Miss World?
-Most of the formal training we received during MBW. After that, I spent a lot of time putting together my appearance, including final night gown, national costume, hair, makeup, the list goes on. I also spent a lot of time working with my charity project and gathering footage. I spoke to our past 2008 queen, who was very supportive, to learn more about her experience, and other pageantry experts who so willingly offered their assistance. Of course among many other things!
9. How would you say that experience in Miss World has changed you as an individual?
-I would say I have learnt many life lessons in a short time period. Being only 18 at the time, it catapulted me into womanhood, possibly the best experience to make such a transition.
10. Would you ever enter a pageant again? And why.
-I can’t say! I’ve thought about it but never concluded my thoughts. It may depend on the pageant and the point in my life.
11. Any interests in forming a pageant of your own someday?
-Again something I have thought about but only time will tell. It may depend on what pageantry evolves into. And how it fits in with my career and lifestyle. Many factors will influence that decision.
12. What are you doing in your life now, post-Miss World?
-I’m back at school doing what I love! Visual arts
13. Where do you see yourself in 5years?
-In five years I’d probably still be in a classroom gaining my 2nd or 3rd degree.