There is a new Mr and Miss Barbados in town.
Last Sunday, Sage Belgrave and Beviny Payne were adjudged winners of the Mr and Miss Barbados Caribbean Pageant, following a keenly contested battle at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed.
The competition, which is in its third year, saw nine contestants doing battle for the coveted title.
In the end, Beviny took top honours in the female segment of the show, after she successfully fended off a strong challenge from crowd favourite and Best Talent winner Dale-Ian Wilkinson, who had to settle for first runner up.
Beviny, who was previously crowned Miss Talented Teen two years ago, brought her experience as well as her unmistakable poise to the stage to ensure that by the end of the night she was the one walking away with the lion’s share of prizes. These included Best Introduction, Best Evening Wear, Best Interview and Best Panel Interview.
In the male segment of the show, Sage was the undisputed winner, copping the Male Award of Excellence, Best Panel Interview, Best Introduction and Best Interview prizes and beating out his closest rivals Brian Chandler and Ramario Wilkinson for top spot.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes after the show, Queen Beviny said all her hard work had paid off.
“I found that I have grown significantly, especially being that I have been experiencing some hardship, pertaining to my family. This process has been quite stressful and demanding, but through this period I have recognized that with faith in God, hard work, dedication and determination there is nothing you cannot achieve.” she said.
Beviny, who describes herself as an introvert, said she was particularly pleased to be adjudged winner of the public speaking segments of the competition.
“I was once shy and not capable of public speaking, let alone performing on a stage. Being crowned Miss Barbados Caribbean is one of the greatest moments of my life,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to representing Barbados at the regional level.
King Sage described his preparation over the last six months as intense. However, he said he was thankful for the help he got from family and friends.
“It was tough balancing the pageant with school. However, the hard fight just makes success so much sweeter,” he told Bajan Vibes, adding that “I am super ecstatic that all the hard work paid off and I am so thankful to God for blessing me with the ability to take part in this pageant, as well as to take the crown”.
Production Director Kofi Branch was happy with the overall quality of the show.
“It went very well,” he told Bajan Vibes, adding that “it would always be great to see more participation”.
However, he said the immediate plans were to ensure that the two winners completed their community service mandate.