It’s been four days since Shannon Harris won the Miss Universe Barbados title, and she is still celebrating.
Harris beat out 13 other contestants to claim the coveted crown, becoming the first holder of the title in nine years.
“I still am on cloud nine, I feel like it’s a surreal moment, and I’m very happy, very blessed, and I feel like it’s been a long 20 weeks and I’m happy to have the crown in my hands,” she said at last night’s launch of the Food and Rum Festival.
The 21-year-old professional model told Barbados TODAY she is looking ahead to the next few months of preparation for the Miss Universe competition.
“We have a couple months till January, so it’s gonna be a lot of hard work from here; rehearsals, practice, everything back to back to back. So hard work.”
On being the first Miss Universe Barbados in almost a decade, Harris said it’s a significant moment for her, “especially since it’s the 50th anniversary of Barbados. It’s kind of a big year for everything that’s happening so I feel great, honestly”.
Despite her experience as a model, last Saturday’s competition was her first pageant.
“I think I just wanted to take the risk. It’s something I never thought I would do. And I just decided it’s something new and why not?
“I’ve been modelling since I was 15 so I think Barbados kind of already knew me when I went on stage; this isn’t my first public thing so they kind of already knew my face,s knew who I was so they kind of had my back,” she said.
However not everyone had her back, as there were several questions raised in social media over the weekend as to whether she is an authentic Bajan, given that she is Caucasian.
Harris is not focusing on the negativity, but is instead looking ahead to winning the international pageant in the Philippines next January, “because I am a Bajan and I plan to represent my country and I plan to bring home the crown for this country”.