President Paula-Mae Weekes was yesterday conferred with the nation’s highest award —the Order of the Republic of T&T (ORTT).
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Miss India T&T Pageant wants support of the Govt, public sector
Founded 11 years ago by a group of young vibrant people the Miss India T&T Talent and Beauty competition is the only East Indian event of its kind in T&T according to its organisers.
Executive producer Erica Caton tells the T&T Guardian the main purpose of the pageant is to provide young East Indian women the opportunity to showcase their talent and beauty with pride and dignity.
She said one lucky girl wins the crown and title of Miss India T&T, carrying her duties out for one year.
Within that year she becomes an ambassador of T&T and represents her country internationally at the Miss India Worldwide held in the US.
Through this pageant, T&T has been represented in several countries including Dubai, Mumbai India, Malaysia and New York.
Caton explained the pageant is funded The Miss India T&T Talent and Beauty Competition receives funding from mainly the private sector.
And it has been seeking to gain support from the public sector and the Government for as long as it has existed.
“Miss India Trinidad and Tobago organisation works very hard to represent Trinidad and Tobago internationally every year.
“The organisation still awaits some strong support from the Government.
“We are one people, one nation and we need to support each other.” Caton communicated.
The girls are selected through casting call auditions set up by the pageant organisers. To become a finalist Caton says, “an individual must possess several key qualities including a passion and understanding of T&T’s diverse culture, love for their country, dedication, and the desire to represent T&T internationally.
“This year, among the delegates, backgrounds in careers range from bio-chemical technology, international humanitarian affairs and cosmetology to name a few.”
Caton boasted come November 25, the date of the event, patrons will experience quite “an interesting and exquisite event” that will showcase beauty, talent, fashion and much entertainment.
Asked her views on the recent controversy surrounding Miss T&T/Universe representative Yvonne Clarke who is currently in Las Vegas where the show will be held on November 26 at The AXIS, Planet Hollywood, Caton said: “Each pageant in Trinidad and Tobago is different in its respective right with unique objectives and visions. I would strongly say each pageant is viewed differently.”
She added: “In my view pageants are a platform where young ladies are given the opportunity to showcase and display their talent and independent personalities.
“The Miss India Trinidad and Tobago organisation maintains our purpose each year; therefore the essence is still present.”
Caton said the Miss India T&T Pageant has assisted all finalists and winners over the years to become stronger individuals with greater and more prominent personalities and outgoing self-development.
“I must say for those who support the Miss India Trinidad and Tobago Pageant, they really do support us well and show that they do care and value the work and output each year,” Caton concluded.
The 2017 pageant will be held at the Couva Chamber Auditorium from 8 pm.
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