At six feet, one inch tall, Meghan Theobalds towered over her competition last Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to be crowned Miss Universe Barbados 2018. Theobalds stood heads above the eight other contestants who were nonetheless phenomenal – in keeping with the standard of Miss Universe. Terian Reid, Darryn Taylor, Chelsea Roett, Megghan Michael, Semone Shepherd, Racquel Harewood, Danika Hayne and Shari Samuel were truly a sight to behold. However, throughout the two-hour show Theobalds was the epitome of poise, grace, beauty and brains as she skilfully manoeuvred the swimsuit, evening gowns and question-and-answer segments.
During the opening segment, the bilingual customer service representative introduced herself in French, thereby entrenching her presence in the minds of the judges and audience. However, it was her concise delivery during the final round with the top three competitors that cemented her stance as a winner. In the question-and-answer segment, MC Gaynelle Marshall asked: “What do you say to someone who thinks that in the era of the #MeToo Movement that pageants are irrelevant and objectify women?”
Theobalds eloquently responded: “In my opinion, the #MeToo movement is about men using their power to abuse women, whereas pageants are about empowering women. We ought to be confident in ourselves and our beauty and celebrate that. I see nothing wrong with that. In addition, I have learnt so much from this pageant that I know I will use in other areas of my life.”
After it was announced that Theobalds will be heading to Bangkok, Thailand on December 17, she was all smiles as 2017 winner Leslie Chapman-Andrews passed on the crown. The 26-year-old was overwhelmed and delighted as she realized her hard work paid off. Speaking to the media after the announcement, Theobalds said the months leading up to the competition had been worth it.
“I worked really hard for this, it has been a rough three months in terms of the training… I am so happy I made it all the way to the end,” she commented.
As December rapidly approaches, Theobalds will receive training at Pageantology from two former Miss USA winners. She went home with the crown and $100, 000 in prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to New York for one week, one year of spa services from Bansuri Spa, clothing from various designers, 15 pairs of shoes from Crown Events and more.
The first runner up position went to gorgeous Shari Samuel who also titled Miss Photogenic. Meanwhile, Megghan Michael copped the second runner up title. Racquel Harewood also won Miss Congeniality and People’s Choice. (KK)