Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe how 10 years have flown by so quickly. I can still sit and remember the first time I placed the advertisement in the newspaper seeking delegates for the first competition way back in 2003. The response was overwhelming. Persons called just to say finally a pageant which caters for our size or just to say all the best. Many came out of curiosity that first year because many did not believe that full figured ladies could be elegant and classy.
Over the years the competition has grown in popularity as persons began to realise the seriousness of the pageant. It was plagued with critics who believed that the pageant encouraged persons to be fat instead of advising them to lose weight which caused many in Corporate Barbados not to sponsor the competition. The pageant encourages all who enter to love themselves regardless of what size they may be. When you truly begin to love yourself; you will do stuff for yourself to improve yourself. Contrary to what many believe, all contestants are required to enter a gym or attend boot camp sessions. Fun walks and hikes are also included in the activities within the programme.
Within any business or organisation celebrating 10 years is a very big achievement. I can’t wait to show the Barbadian public what the Miss Big & Beautiful pageant has to offer. Ten young ladies will grace the stage in five categories which include Introduction, Casual, Lingerie, Talent and Formal Wear and Question and Answer segment.
The Miss Big & Beautiful pageant is known for the Introduction segment with the most popular one being last year when the young ladies were brought in on bikes. I can guarantee that this year will be even better than last year.
So come out and show your support to these 10 beautiful full figured divas that will be showcasing their beauty and talents. It takes a lot of courage to first enter a pageant such as this and saw to the world that I am big and beautiful. I am always in awe on the night of the competition when I see the transformation of many of the girls. I can remember how many of them were so timid and shy when they first came to us and when I see them on the night after being through this process I am overwhelmed.
There is no other place to be than at the St. Leonard’s Boys’ School Auditorium to witness one of the best pageants in Barbados celebrate 10 years of pageant under the theme Queen of the Night. Have a wonderful week ahead!!!