The 14 ladies in the 2016 Miss Universe Barbados pageant received their prizes in an intimate setting wednesday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Queen Shannon Harris received her $105 000 in prizes, three nights after winning the $10 000 crown in the same location. Her prizes included a smart phone from FLOW, an all-expense paid trip to New York, tickets for two on British Airways, a custom-made Michael Costello dress, five custom-made pieces from designer Wayne Smith, 15 pieces from Pink Lemonade, and designer luggage from Cave Shepherd.
First runner-up Jamila Forde; second runner-up Christina Yearwood, who was judged; Miss Congeniality; People’s Choice Anique Herbert; and Miss Photogenic Melanie Thorpe also got their rewards.
Others who did not place in the top three, but were deserving of special mention, also received prizes: Julia Trotman, for Most Improved and the lady who most surprised the Miss Universe Barbados committee; Danae Braithwaite who received a prize for Most Committed, as she took two buses daily to get to rehearsals; and Ukweli Wilson who was awarded for having the fiercest walk.
They were all also gifted with custom pieces from Cultured by Zhane and designer slippers from Cave Shepherd.
National Director of the Miss Universe Barbados franchise, Brian Greene, explained that the prizes were presented in front of the media in order to remain as transparent as possible.
Following the ceremony, the ladies, their families and sponsors then mingled with each other officially for the last time.