Preparations are well underway for the Miss UWI CHTM 2015 pageant, with vigorous training sessions and photo shoots to match. The theme Tribal Royale: Honouring our Past Embracing our Future stems from the committee’s vision to join the world in honouring our heritage and encompassing it into our future.
As the only plus-sized contestant of six – why join this pageant?
My answer is simple, beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin. As a contestant in this pageant, one must use the opportunity to portray their true beauty. Entering this pageant is my personal statement of confidence and self acceptance. Through it, I will be confident and showcase my inner and physical beauty and hope that it radiates outward for others to see.
Also, being my final year at CHTM, what other fun way to end the year! It is also a great opportunity to bond with my fellow contestants, who have ultimately become like family.
Each day is a new learning experience for us, because we not only learn things about ourselves, but also about communication, leadership, poise and how to conduct ourselves in a manner befitting a pageant queen. I never saw pageantry as a competition, but rather as a learning experience.
On Valentine’s Day, we conducted our introductory shoot which was amazing. The photos are up on the Facebook pageant page Miss UWI CHTM 2015: Tribal Royale, for persons to vote for the People’s Choice.
Photography by Krystle Mahabir © 2015
On February 22, 2015, runway training took place with runway specialist, model, former Miss Barbados World contestant and very own student, Ms. Emilomo Akpevwiehor who whipped us into shape and taught us how to work the runway and how to strut our stuff with poise.
So come out one and all on April 11, 2015 as we crown the Miss UWI CHTM Pageant Queen for 2015.
by Erica Mellows (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)