In three days’ time, a new Miss Universe Barbados will be crowned. And it will be for the first time in nine years.
Jewel Garner, daughter of Barbados and West Indies cricket legend Joel Garner, was the last Miss Universe Barbados to be crowned.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes on Monday night at a meet and greet held at The Royal Shop, national director of the franchise Brian Greene said everything was ready for Saturday’s pageant and the organizers were more than excited.
“Everything is a go for Saturday. (The contestants) have had four months of preparation and they are definitely ready,” he said.
“Just look at them! They are beautiful. We are excited for Barbados to see this kind of show and this kind of level come back to Barbados after nine years.”
Greene promised Barbadians a fantastic show that will leave them talking for months to come.
“One of these lucky 14 will be walking away with that crown on Saturday night. You can see the ladies in their swimwear by Sugar Apple swimwear, in their shoes and accessories from Sole Addiction, Wayne Smith is back and he has made an amazing collection of gowns that reflects the personality of each lady,” he said.
“It’s going to be a great night with a lot of fun. We have one of Barbados’ youngest local talents performing that evening, Jaaesha Samuels. We have an after party for the VIP ticket holders.”
Greene noted that having the franchise back in the year that Barbados celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence was quite fitting.
“… It makes it even more special. It’s one of the things I knew Barbados needed. Barbados has a lot of pageants but none of the magnitude of Miss Universe,” he pointed out.
“The Miss Universe pageant itself is watched by 1.9 billion people. For an island like Barbados to have a few moments on stage is phenomenal. And this year we are going for gold.”
Greene revealed that the lucky lady who will walk away with the crown on Saturday night will be treated like ‘more than royalty’ when she graces the Miss Universe stage. He let one of the secrets out the bag.
“Michael Costello, a famous designer who designs for Rihanna and Beyoncé and many other celebrities, has agreed to create the custom gown for Miss Universe Barbados. So when she walks on that stage, she will be head and shoulders with the best of them,” Greene revealed.
Garner, the reigning Miss Universe Barbados, said she was excited to be passing on the baton. “I’m very excited, it’s been a long time, and this year we have a good crop of delegates . . .The timing was pretty impeccable having it come back during the 50th year of Independence.”
She went on: “It couldn’t have come at a better time. I will be feeling so much pride on Saturday but I’m excited to be passing on the baton to the next Miss Universe.”
Garner, now a practising attorney-at-law, offered some words of advice to the 14 ladies looking to be her successor. “Maintain poise and calm. Try to be as flexible as possible despite what is going on. And just have fun.”