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On a mission to take T&T beauty to the world Queen maker reigns supreme

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
President of Oneness Entertainment Trinidad and Tobago Vanessa Sahatoo-Manoo has recently been awarded the local franchise for the Miss World Pageant 2014. PHOTO: CORI BAYNES

The name Vanessa Sahatoo-Manoo has always been synonymous with beauty and style, but this year she has taken it a step further, having added the function of Miss World T&T franchise holder to her already impressive resume.


The 42-year-old queen maker from South Trinidad has big plans for the local leg of the Miss World pageant and intends to further raise the standard of T&T’s modelling and pageantry.


Speaking with the T&T Guardian recently, a soft spoken and eloquent Sahatoo-Manoo explained that this year’s Miss World pageant, which is its 64th edition, is an excellent way to showcase all that T&T has to offer.


While the final date and venue are yet to be confirmed, last year’s pageant was held on September 28, at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali Indonesia.


“It is an honour and privilege to know that I have been acknowledged and awarded this franchise. I am humbled by it and I want to give it my best,” she said.


“The Miss World pageant is an excellent tool for the promotion of T&T. It not only promotes our culture but our charm as well,” Sahatoo-Manoo said, adding that the country’s continued participation in the pageant will serve to generate greater international appreciation and respect.


“The Miss World encompasses so much more than beauty. All the delegates are ambassadors not only for the country, but for their particular cause.”


This year, the Miss World pageant has as its theme Developing a Woman’s Beauty as an Expression of Herself, and Sahatoo-Manoo intends to use the theme to place special emphasis on the delegates’ charm, intelligence and personality.


“Of course there is the aesthetic side of pageantry that cannot be ignored, but we believe that beauty is not just skin deep and when a woman can fully express what she has inside, then that is her true beauty.”


“I want them to believe that they can put forth their best in the pageant and life in general,” she continued adding that the experience should continue to impact on their lives years into the future.


Using herself as an example, Sahatoo-Manoo, who has been involved in pageantry and fashion ever since she was 16, explained that it heavily influenced the direction of her life.


Twenty-six years later, she is the president of Oneness Entertainment T&T, executive pageant producer of the Miss Oneness T&T and director and pageant co-ordinator of the Miss Oneness Beauty Pageant of Nicaragua.


She has also been the national franchise director for Miss Earth (Philippines), Best Model of the Universe (Panama), Miss India Angel World (India and UK) and Miss Asia Pacific (South Korea).


Acknowledging that the issue of sponsorship is one which plagues many a delegate, Sahatoo-Manoo called on corporate T&T to recognise her professionalism and transparency and support the pageant, not only financially, but by providing essential items which each delegate would need.


Sahatoo-Manoo also intends to host various fund-raisers to show that the delegates are also willing to help themselves on the road to the Miss World pageant.


“To be involved in pageantry gives the delegate a more holistic avenue for development.”


“This is my field and my passion and I want to help mould them into being the best they can be.”


When she is away from pageantry, Sahatoo-Manoo focuses her attention on her husband and 12-year-old son, both of whom have been very supportive of her endeavours.


“My family recognises that this is my passion, but my son is the apple of my eye and he comes first,” she said.


“He has been able to see mommy work hard at juggling her daily schedule and I want him to take my example of hard work through all facets of his life.”