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Destinee Arnold Photo Shoot for Miss International #446878
09/18/12 07:39 AM
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Miss Belize 2012 Destinee Arnold has received the honor of representing the jewel Belize in the highly prestigious Miss International Pageant to be held in Okinawa, Japan from October 1 to October 22, 2012.

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After it was announced that Miss Japan was Miss International 2012, a wave of complaints inundated the social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. Miss Japan was never considered a favorite of the crown, and some even believed she would not be in the Top 15. “Lack of facial beauty” is the main criticism she has been getting. The Next Miss Belize Facebook page posted the following comment after the pageant on Monday, October 22, 2012. “On behalf of team Belize we would like to congratulate Destinee Arnold - Miss Belize 2012 for her stellar performance at the 2012 Miss International Pageant in Okinawa Japan. Destinee was indeed a joy to all those who had the opportunity to work with her and there is no doubt that her intelligence and smile have left a lasting impression of our jewel. Special thanks to Belize Pageant Updates, Belize in America and Ambergris Today for bringing us continuous coverage. Thank you to all the fans who stayed awake to watch the pageant. Destinee we await your safe return home.”

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

Re: Destinee Arnold Photo Shoot for Miss International [Re: Marty] #451230
11/15/12 08:28 AM
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Local student competes as Miss Belize

Destinee Arnold, 19, recently competed in the 52nd Miss International Beauty Pageant held in Okinawa, Japan as Miss Belize.

“As part of her wearing the crown, she got the opportunity to represent Belize at the international pageant held this year in Okinawa,” Opal Enriquez, the national director and co-owner of Queen of the Jewel, which represents Arnold, said. “We were very impressed with her work.”

The competition included bikini wear, evening wear and an interview with the judges, but the contestants were also able to experience Japan.

“Everyday we went somewhere different. They took us to a lot of museums so we experienced a lot of their history and culture. I really love the Okinawan people, they are very sweet. The people were really hospitable,” Arnold said. “I think that’s one of the best things about when you get to the international level is that you get to go to different countries other than the U.S. and Belize.”

Arnold’s mother, Marie McDowell, said she was happy when her daughter came home, with or without a title.

“The whole Japan thing was emotionally and physically draining for me because it was the first time my baby was gone anywhere so far from me without family members. For me, it was a struggle but there was not a day that I did not wake up and I did not send her an inspirational quote, a ‘Good morning’, ‘How was your day?’ ‘What are we doing today?’ I was there for her without physically being there,” said McDowell.

“I know how pageants are when you get to the international level. It gets very political, it didn’t get her down. She loved it, there was no disappointment. She’s a winner in my book and she knew that in her heart. She embraced that experience and she took everything she could from Japan.”

Arnold is currently a third year sociology student at Cal State Fullerton. She said she would like to eventually either go to law school or to a master’s program for human resources. However, prior to her trip to Japan, Arnold had already decided to take the semester off because she would not have been able to tend to her online classes.

Last semester, Arnold worked for the Student Organization Resource Center, was a resident advisor, and attended CSUF full time. At the same time, she held the title of Miss Belize California.

“Last year I did have to balance the pageants with the school and working two jobs. Last year I had the ultimate test,” Arnold said. “I actually finished my last semester with straight A’s and I was very proud of myself. I keep myself on a schedule. It’s a lot of prioritizing and sacrificing your social life. I just keep telling myself I have really understanding friends and I have a supportive family. As long as I had that combination everything will balance itself out, it’s just up to me to take responsibility and make sure my priorities are in the right line.”

After watching her mother’s pageant videos when she was younger, Arnold wanted to follow in her footsteps and enter pageantry.

“I convinced her to let me enter a pageant my sophomore year of high school and I entered the Miss Junior Teen San Bernardino/Anaheim and I won,” said Arnold, who has participated in five pageants and won first place in three. “Ever since then I was addicted to pageants and I want to eventually go to Miss Universe.”

Her mother was surprised to find out that her daughter wanted to participate in pageants and represent Belize.

“I never thought that Destinee would ever be interested in pageants. When she approached me, of course, as a mother I supported her. Like I said, I was shocked that she wanted to get in pageantry because Destinee is one of the most humble persons you may ever meet,” McDowell said. “She’s very shy. She’s not an outwardly, spunky type of girl. I knew that there were certain obstacles in front of her. She was met with a lot of animosity and adversity when she won the title.”

Arnold was interested in representing Belize in order to shine a light on her culture.

“One thing that really motivated me to represent Belize instead of the U.S. is because Belize you will only see them during the introduction and that’s it. Belize isn’t a powerhouse country so it’s rare that someone is successful,” Arnold said. “I really wanted to represent Belize and go back to my roots because the Belizean culture is something that I hold really close to my heart.”

Arnold attributes her success to her mother who is her biggest support system.

“I know that none of this would have been possible without my family and friends especially my mom. My mom has been the saviour of my pageant career,” Arnold said. “When things are falling apart, she will be the one to put it all together. When emotionally I’m not in the right place, she’s there to pick me right back up. She’s been the one person that I know would always be there to support me. She’s the leader of the support team.”

Although Arnold has participated in pageants for years, her mother still has to give her advice when it comes to the criticism she encounters.

“The only thing that I need to remind her of is that Destinee takes a lot of things personally and I always have to remind her that when you get into the spotlight people will pick and prod and poke at you and you got to have a tougher skin because that’s what they’re gonna do,” McDowell said.

Arnold’s favorite part of pageants is the interview with the judges because she gets a chance to connect with them and they get to a chance to really get to know her as a person.

“I just want them to know the real Destinee instead of the pageant girl,” Arnold said. “I basically just want to show my inner beauty more than making sure I am pleasing to the eye. Beautiful is a word that to me society has made very aesthetic. I just want to be known as a person who is intelligent, very humble, a nice person to be around, that type of thing.”

Something Arnold has learned from being in pageant competitions is interpersonal skills with the other ladies who come from different countries, backgrounds and cultures.

“You really learn how to communicate with people who aren’t exactly like you.You get to see things in a way that you’d never seen before and I think that’s what I really benefit from and what I really learn from being in pageantry,” Arnold said. “I have a place to crash in every country now.”

Arnold will be moving to Belize at the end of the month until her reign as Miss Belize is over and she crowns the next Miss Belize.

“I’m at the pinnacle of the pageant career. I think I might call it quits after this. Once you get to the international level, everything is politics. Your talent doesn’t matter anymore, it’s more about what your country can do for the company,” Arnold said. “I don’t know if I want to put my schooling on the backburner for a competition that does not necessarily pay attention to my talent but more of the ability of my country to contribute to the success of their company or what looks good on paper.”

The next pageant Miss Belize will participate in is the 2012 Miss Ethnic World International Pageant on Nov. 14-18.


Re: Destinee Arnold Photo Shoot for Miss International [Re: Marty] #451490
11/19/12 08:03 AM
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Miss Belize Crowned Miss Ethnic World

A big congratulations to Miss Destinee Arnold, who won the Miss Ethnic World pageant last night. She won quite a few awards.

"Not only was Miss Belize Destinee Dominique Arnold crowned Miss Ethnic World International 2013 last night in Southern California, but she was also named Best in Evening Gown, Best in Athletic Wear, Best in Interview, and Top 5 in Cultural Expression for her poem and dance Indigenous Me - The Year of the Maya."


Re: Destinee Arnold Photo Shoot for Miss International [Re: Marty] #451676
11/22/12 07:58 AM
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Queen of the Jewel (the Official Miss Belize), Destinee Arnold, made history as she was crowned Miss Ethnic World 2013. The pageant was held at the elegant Westin Hotel in Long Beach California where delegates from all over the world gathered for a weekend of activities, photo shoots and rigorous rehearsals.

The delegates were judged in six categories including personal interview, cultural expression, fashion-active wear, fashion-after five, eveningwear and community service  in which documentation of service hours were verified by a third party.

While most international pageants have either removed the cultural competition from their score sheets or offer minimal points for it, Miss Ethnic World remains the only international pageant that is dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity through talent presentation and extensive interview. These two categories are each worth a hefty 20% of the delegate’s overall score.

“We are pleased to report that not only did our Miss Belize bring home the coveted crown; she also bested all 17 other delegates in personal interview, fashion – active wear and eveningwear. In addition to this, Miss Belize made top five in cultural expression for her poem and dance performance entitled: “Indigenous Me - The Year of the Maya”, paying homage to the Sun God, Kanich Ahau by dancing to Maya music and a pre-recorded recitation of her poem.

Destinee Arnold was crowned Miss Belize – Queen of the Jewel in July of 2012 in a well attended pageant that was held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts and aired live on Love TV. It was only three weeks ago that hundreds of proud Belizeans stayed awake until five o’clock in the morning to watch  the 19-year-old Roaring Creek native represent our jewel at the prestigious Miss International Pageant in Okinawa Japan. Despite her stellar performance during the final competition and her ability to move the audience to tears with her speech about the much anticipated Inspiration Center of Belize, our stunning scholar did not place in the top 15.

“Destinee did express some disappointment upon her return. However, it was obvious that her confidence was completely unscathed as she jumped at the chance to compete again in such a short period of time. She trained intensely for both competitions and clearly our hard work has paid off. I couldn’t be more proud of her,” expressed Opal Enriquez, National Director of Miss Belize – Queen of the Jewel.

How does it feel to be an international winner?
Destinee:  I feel honored and accomplished to be an international titleholder. Belize has been waiting for another international pageant win for a long time. It is amazing that I am able to follow in the footsteps of those who have: Maria Jeffery and Leilah Pandy who won Miss Costa Maya and My Director Ms. Opal who won Miss Pan –American International.  

What do you hope to gain most from this experience?

Destinee: I hope to bring more global attention to Belize. Prior to this year, our country has been overlooked in the pageant industry and it is time for the world to see what we have to offer. Other queens before me have represented Belize well. When my reign ends I want the satisfaction of saying I have contributed to the cause of making Belize a country to watch.

What was your most memorable moment from this experience?
Destinee: My most memorable moment is when I won the award of best interview. When the competition started I told my director that other than winning the pageant I wanted to win that award. The moment they called my name I knew that I had accomplished my goal. My primary focus is my academics so it is important to me as a woman to be acknowledged for my intelligence. Everything else is a perk.

What do you hope to be your next accomplishment as Miss Belize?

Destinee: Well I just signed an exclusive contract with SMART so I am looking forward to being the new face of such a great company. The next thing I would like to accomplish as Miss Belize is executing my platform which is to promote education and become an advocate for the advancement of children with special needs. I also hope to work with the Diabetes Foundation and the Belize Cancer Society in educating people about those   illnesses and providing medical attention for those in need. Now that I have an international title as well as my national title it is time for me to focus all of my attention to my purpose as a public figure.

Destinee and Queen of the Jewel Ltd would like to express their utmost gratitude to the Hon. Patrick Faber, Hon. Roland P. Yorke , the Arnold/Garbutt family, NICH, Love TV,  SMART , Mars Caribbean Restaurant, The Belize Cultural Foundation (BCF) , BTIA, Belize in America and Ambergris Today for their continued support. Destinee will be returning to Belize on Saturday, November 24 to continue her official duties as the reigning Miss Belize.  

Congratulations Destinee! You bring honor to the Jewel. 

Re: Destinee Arnold Photo Shoot for Miss International [Re: Marty] #451680
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Destinee Arnold wins Miss Ethnic World

Miss Belize

Belizean beauty queen Destinee Arnold has won a prestigious international pageant. Information to the RSV Media Centre is that Arnold, who is the reigning Miss Belize walked away with the title of Miss Ethnic World 2012. The pageant was held on Saturday night in Long Beach, California, USA. Aside from taking the top title, Arnold also captured the title of best in active wear, interview and evening wear. Love News spoke by telephone this afternoon with Arnold, who said she is proud to have won the pageant for Belize.

Arnold says she plans on returning to Belize within the next week to begin working on her public speaking platform. According to a posting on the organization’s web site, Ethnic World Pageants prides itself on not only promoting the diversity and culture in women around the world but the pageant company also focuses on representing the faces of women throughout all age groups.


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