It is said that there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, and that is the fear of failure. Such dread was far from the mind of Zoé Elizabeth Trotman over the weekend.
The 22-year-old had a dream to be the next Miss Barbados World representative –– which was fulfilled in the early hours of Sunday morning, when she was deservingly crowned the 2014 queen. Having appeared as contestant No. 1, Miss First Nation, she said her philosophy in life was to place God in everything she did.
Most certainly, it seemed God was on her side when she walked to the stage to make her introduction. Accompanied by a thunderous applause from an appreciative audience at the Hilton Beach Resort, Trotman began to speak, but was inaudible to the crowd.
After another attempt the issue persisted, until one of the MCs brought her a microphone. And as if the mishap never occurred, the new queen exemplified regality as she remained poised and composed, and continued speaking.
Sporting a two-piece bikini that presented a fantastic physique, she spoke about her Beauty With A Purpose charity The Dream, for which she placed third overall. The Dream project is geared towards the development and nurturing of children with special needs and fewer opportunities.
Albeit she spoke fluently, it was very hard to stay focused on what she was saying, for her slim and incredibly toned body was quite a distraction.
Having won the talent segment in the prejudging, all she had to do was score high in the remaining categories to seal her chances for the crown –– and that she did. In the question and answer segment her objection to the notion one could entirely disregard the opinion of others was comprehensible and concise.
In the evening gown section, she wore a beautiful halter neck teal gown made of fine lace. The neckline was adorned by jade coloured semi-precious stones and crystals that accentuated her statuesque neck and high cheekbones. The train on the dress was made of chiffon and it was completed by a high slit to the front.
Miss MQI, Melanie Mark, was arguably a crowd favourite, and the loud applause when she was announced first runner-up, along with her winning the People’s Choice award, was evident of that. The 21-year-old also won Best Smile, but that smile alone could not save her as she fumbled over her words during her introduction.
In spite of this, however, the primary school teacher carried on smartly thereafter, each time leaving the stage to rousing applause from her admiring fans. And, they did not cheer alone for her captivating attributes, as with her swimwear elegance, but as well for her intelligent submission in the Q&A segment.
In the evening gown section she was equally as alluring in a form-fitting sliver and pink gown. The twinkles from the silver lit up her stunning features simply accessorized with chandelier diamantes earrings, a bracelet and an effortless smile that gave her the regal look.
Third-placed Shakela Bellamy, 21, oozed sexiness. Representing Miss Urban Vybez Boutique, she was fairly good overall; but it was definitely the evening gown section that would have hoisted her into the top running.
Here, she wore an avocado green gown. Fitted into a mermaid cut the very revealing corset top, which had diamantes embroidered into it, clasped her curvaceous and callipygous figure until it flowed to layers of ruffles flowing down to the tail.
This Pauline Bellamy creation was stunning, and justifyingly won Best Gown.
Other winners were Miss Olay, Danielle Dottin, taking Beauty With A Purpose and Miss Photogenic; and Samantha Gittens, Miss Congeniality.
In the prejudging competitions Emilomo Akpevwiehor won the Bikini And Fitness competition.
Other contestants were Juanita Rock and Sharika Stanford.