In three days’ time, a new Miss Universe Barbados will be crowned, bringing an end to the reign of the 2016 titleholder Shannon Harris.
Come Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, 10 ladies will vie for the coveted title and the chance to represent their country on the world stage.
They have had a hectic week of activities, including a motorcade in Bridgetown and the Yello Dazzle Mix and Mingle Cocktail last Friday at the Gun Hill Signal Station where they left a lasting impression on guests.
Harris, who flew the Bajan flag high in the Philippines, doing her country proud although she did not place, attended the cocktail party and offered the beauties some advice.
“Just persist, be very, very determined and be prepared not to sleep!” she told them.
Public relations officer for Miss Universe Barbados, Gaynelle Marshall told Barbados TODAY that on the heels of the brand being successfully relaunched in 2016 after ten years, the goal this year was to work harder on producing an elite group of young ladies who would be stellar representatives for Barbados.
“We are not going to throw you in the ocean and tell you to swim, but we are definitely encouraging you to know who you are,” she said.
As the contestants prepare to grace the stage on Saturday night in the designs of Lucy Liu Creations, Marshall encouraged them to remember the lessons imparted on them throughout the competition.
“Ultimately, the crown is the goal but what about the lessons you learnt along the way? Don’t throw those lessons out of the door, don’t diminish their value,” she said.