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Miss World representative to be announced

Published: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
The top three delegates for the Miss Model leg of Miss T&T World, from left, Miss South Oropouche Britney Smith, Miss Chaguanas Aliyah Fraiser and Miss St Ann’s Maya Cozier Brian. PICTURES SHASTRI BOODAN

The winner of the 2018 edition of the Miss TT World Beauty Pageant will be announced when the gala finals are held on Sunday, August 5 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain.

The ten finalists have already participated in the Top Model leg of the competition, held at Gulf City shopping complex, La Romaine. Three finalists were chosen from the bevy of beauties and they were Britney Smith (Miss South Oropouche), Aliyah Fraiser (Miss Chaguanas) and Maya Cozier Brian (Miss St Anns).

The event was free to the public and was done in collaboration with Detour which also held a runway show featuring men’s fashion. This segment provided a glorious helping of eyecandy for the scores of women who attended the free event.

Brian Gopaul, national director of the pageant for Elite Planners Limited, the franchise-holder since May, said there are two more pre-finals events carded. Last night, Talent Night was held at the Cascadia Hotel Banquet & Conference Centre in St Ann’s and, on July 29, the Sports & Fitness segment would be held at the Fitness Centre, South Park, San Fernando.

Gopaul is hoping that the Government would step in and assist in sponsoring the eventual T&T representative for the finals of the 2018 Miss World Pageant, scheduled for December in China. He disclosed that sponsorship from corporate T&T was slow.

Stating that the present batch of delegates is “the best in the last decade,” Gopaul said: “We are very confident that with this set of delegates we can have a top five at Miss World this year because the strength of these girls.”

At the Top Model show, the young ladies faced a tough panel of judges that included Gabrielle Walcott-Pollonais, second runner up at Miss World 2008, designer Richard Young, Tenille Clarke and Sharon Imbert.

The delegates made their first appearance in resort wear designed by Vanessa Mohammed of Bikini Cabana of Carlos Street, Woodbrook; the second section consisted of casual clothing sponsored by Detour Stores; and, the final section consisted of elegant yet functional gowns created by Everlasting Vows of Price Plaza, Chaguanas.

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