The competition, which takes place tonight (Monday, 30th) will have the participation of 9 contestants representing Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Dominica, Barbados, USVI, Montserrat, Jamaica and Grenada.
The words of support were provided by Minister responsible for Culture and carnival, Marcella Liburd. Speaking to the contestants on Sunday afternoon, during a luncheon hosted by the Labour candidate for West Basseterre, Konris Maynard, Minister Liburd told the delegates that the pageant offers three main benefits.
“First of all I think it is an opportunity for young girls to really become far more confident and it is very important that you become confident, not just for the show but for life.”
She explained that the show gives them an opportunity to do just that, and that it also gives them an opportunity to face challenges in life and to know how to overcome them because successful people always have to overcome challenges.
“So it is a platform for you to be confident, for you to face challenges and to be really successful in whatever you are doing,” continued the Minister. “So sometimes when you are doing your talent or whatever you may have little issues here and there, but you know what, you have to overcome that and just go like it never happened. Sometimes the audience don’t even know that you made a little mistake here; you do not harp on it because you probably maybe aware or the chaperon shouldn’t harp on it because they may be aware.”
In a release provided to the media, Minister Liburd is quoted as further informing the pageant contestants that it is also an education forum for them, so that they learn from each other, learn about other people’s countries, and that is also very important for everyone.
“Thirdly, we believe in diversity,” advised the Minister. “Diversity doesn’t mean that we cannot be together as one. So, diversity yes, and I want us to understand that whatever difference we have, certainly far less than what we have in common, and so we have to focus on what we have in common and appreciate our diversity.”
The luncheon was hosted at the Manhattan Gardens in Basseterre. The reigning Miss Caribbean Talented Teen is Junika Berry of St. Kitts.