Who Will Be Miss Belize?
Six women will be competing on Saturday for the Miss Universe Belize crown and for a chance to represent the country on the Miss Universe stage in December. Today, they were officially sashed and introduced to the country, along with their sponsors.
And while these contestants are all very different, they have one thing in common - they all want to win.
And amidst all the training and the glam, today, they took a break to speak to the media about their reasons for wanting to join the pageant and what they hope to accomplish. Courtney Menzies has this story.
Six beautiful Belizean women, but only one crown; today the contestants of the Miss Universe Belize pageant were introduced to the country - less than a week before the big day.
And each of the young women - whether PhD candidate, farm girl, or advocate - is bringing their best Saturday night. But today, they told our cameras why they decided to join the pageant and how the process has been for them so far.
Sigourney Usher, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"Honestly, it wasn't in my mind to run for Miss Universe Belize this year but I got the opportunity and why waste an opportunity, so I'm here and enjoying the process so let's see what God brings."
"So far, for me, I'm still studying, I'm working, and I live abroad so for me it's been tiring, it's been all over the place, a rollercoaster of emotions but I've got to pull it together and just keep going."
Kaira Nunez, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"I decided to enter this pageant because it is something so out of my comfort zone and this will give me more resilience and make me more confident in myself."
"The process has been quite hectic however I have been managing it with my personal life and it has been quite a good balance and I think I've been doing a great job in keeping everything in tact."
Kenia Tejada, Miss Universe Candidate
"I decided to join because I needed the boost in confidence and I wanted to make more friends."
"It's been very hard and I come from a very small community and we're very religious so I don't have a lot of support but I have my set group of cousins and close family that have been behind me so they make it a bit easier but yeah, it's been a lot of hard work and stress."
Samantha Singh, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"I decided to join the pageant because being in a position of privilege to speak about the advocacies that I'm really passionate about has always been a dream of mine."
"What are some of those advocacies?"
Samantha Singh, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"It's literacy and the arts in particular. It's been really rigorous to be honest, it's been a lot of practicing and the heels every single day, it's been working out, it's been trying to make sure we stay up to date with content creation so it's been a rollercoaster but it's been really rewarding."
Ashley Lightburn, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"I think I'm at a stage in my life now where I'll be able to represent our country well and inspire young girls and young people in general to pick up any leadership position that they might find fit and do it."
"It has been challenging so I am working, I'm a lecturer, I'm doing my Masters and I'm preparing for a pageant so I have my hands full right now and it gets a little bit overwhelming at times but I'm managing."
Alina Scott, Miss Universe Belize Candidate
"I decided to join Miss Belize this year because I wanted to give back, I have been studying for a really long time and every time I come home I am filled with joy and just overwhelmed by the creativity of Belizean artists and small businesses and I really just want to invest in them and uplift them on my platform."
"This has been a journey, balancing PhD coursework and writing my dissertation as well as learning how to walk in heels has been a learning curve for me so I'm really excited to just kind of show everyone all that we've been working on."
And a previous queen - as well as a member of the committee and the president of House of Crowns - Destiny Arnold, explained that this year, the pageants preparations are a lot different, starting from the casting calls to the what they were looking for in the contestants.
Destiny Arnold, Miss Universe Belize 2019/Committee Member
"All of the queens before the new queen that's going to be crowned on Saturday night have already laid out the foundation so we wanted to make sure that each time that we selected a new group of girls that we're raising the notch. We are talking about girls who are going from farm life to pageant life, those who are studying for their Masters and their PhD. We're definitely showing the world what Belize has to offer on a different level."
"The casting calls were on Zoom because you know we're living in a new age where we're celebrating our use of technology and all of the girls have the option of selecting who they want to train, House of Crowns is the official trainer for the Miss Universe Belize Organization and we are training 5 out of the 6 girls and we have been on Zoom, on WhatsApp video calls, group chats, just trying to lend a hand virtually and now that we're here for pageant week, we're working on them in person."
"We already heard the announcement that Miss Universe is changing up the rules next year so it's more about how to amplify being an empowered woman, being confident, showing what that looks like in your country and how you can relate to the girls internationally."
And when asked, all the contestants emphasized that they were more than ready for pageant night on Saturday and to hopefully hit the big Miss Universe Stage in December.
The Ms Universe Pageant will be held in Costa Rica in December.
Miss Universe Belize Official Sashing Ceremony
Details of the Miss Universe Belize 2022 Pageant
Going into pageant week, the delegates will be engaged in a number of activities, including an official photo shoot in San Pedro on Tuesday. Earlier today, they also visited Liberty Children’s Home and there will be other events on their schedules. Miss Universe Belize 2018 Jenelli Fraser, spoke to the media about that and where you can get your tickets for the pageant.
Jenelli Frazer, Member, Miss Universe Belize Committee
“Tomorrow we are having the official photo shoot in San Pedro, we have an excursion for the girls; we have a bunch of different activities, a fun-filled week of activities. And I am hoping that they enjoy this experience. Every year, we are trying to get better and better. And based on the looks on their faces, they are smiling, they seem happy and so I am convinced that on that pageant night, it’s going to show that they were content and ready.”
“Are tickets still available?”
“Absolutely. Tickets are on sale today at the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts and
from ten a.m. to four p.m. and the pageant show is 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.”
“Prices for the tickets?”
“The VIP is a hundred dollars, the reserve is fifty dollars and the general is
The pageant will be streamed live on Saturday right here on Channel Five.