Representing with pride

123Participating in pageants requires persons to speak at many engagements. And while there

has been much talk regarding the inability of young people to speak well, organizers of Miss

Holetown Queen Of The Festival 2014 are making sure this isn’t the case with their

young women.

“Our aim is for them to represent themselves and Barbados with pride when they go to

the next level. If you do not have guidelines or set parameters you will have no standard,”

said pageant coordinator Venata Ward.

So after last year’s show and as some the girls complained their need for more public

speaking the organizers of the pageant decided to improve that area. This year in particular,

they are focussed on etiquette, protocol and make–up.

“In this queen show we have to set a standard that will nurture and

bring out the best in the girls. At the end of the day some people may

be stronger than others but all persons will get the chance to improve

themselves,” she told Bajan Vibes.

The girls were involved in Toastmasters, past queen Shakeria Trotman engaged them

a couple public speaking courses and etiquette coach Tracy Brathwaite, sponsored by the

Barbados Tourism Authority, taught an etiquette, protocol and make up session.

She said: “We are trying to get the girls ready for public and who ever wins have to be

armed with the knowledge of proper protocol. We have done etiquette sessions before for

dining and health and personal life. This hopefully is something that

they know is for life.”

The 16th annual queen show takes place on February 16 at

the Frederick Smith Secondary School in Trents, St James. Seven

beauties will vie for the title under the theme: From Holetown

to Hollywood. Each delegate will portray someone they most

admire from Hollywood in the segments of talent, evening wear,

swim wear, question and answer and the opening speech number.

Preparations for the show are running smoothly, Ward said.

The Holetown Festival runs from February 9 to 16. (KC)

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