Nine women, all hoping for a chance to represent Barbados at Miss Universe 2018 and to wear that coveted crown, have now started their real training.
The 2018 edition of the Miss Universe Barbados launched to the media last Saturday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Chief Executive Officer of Crown Events Inc., Brian Green, who is also the producer of the local arm of the Miss Universe franchise, spoke briefly to the press on the steps he and his team took this year in selecting the final nine contestants, and on what the women should expect in the months leading up to the competition.
“The process was really amazing this year . . . we have a casting section, so we get to see them after [that] team has said these are the best. We saw 18 ladies this year, and the initial intent was actually to cast ten, but we did [want to place] a tenth person on stage we did not think was ready. [It] would not be fair to that person.
“We wanted the strongest people on the stage because this team is highly competitive; we want to win Miss Universe. We wanted to put [forward] the best of Barbados [in the] castings. [That’s] why we have nine incredible young ladies we are very proud to call the new cast.”
Green also said authenticity and consistency were important for the judges, adding that contestants should not be overly concerned with being the best at every task thrown at them. They should, however, be completely honest in their responses and give 100 per cent in everything.
The nine contestants selected for this year’s competition are Terian Reid, Darryn Taylor, Chelsea Roett, Megghan Michael, Semone Shepherd, Meghan Theobalds, Racquel Harewood, Danika Haynes and Shari Samuel. They will face months of training in a variety of areas, from public speaking to understanding global affairs. The competition is slated for September 2018 and promises to be a great show featuring this year’s talented cast of women. (SB)