The pageant which is the most sought after title by young Caribbean ladies, started as a fundraiser for the Antigua Jaycees and now boasts of forty-nine years of pageantry. After growing tremendously over the years the pageant in its Golden year promises to be very exciting and entertaining as beauties from different Caribbean countries vie to be named Miss Jaycees Caribbean Queen 2011.
The reigning National Carnival Queen, Miss Iantavian Queeley will be representing the federation of St Kitts and Nevis in this year’s show. The talented, confident and beautiful Miss Queeley captured the National Carnival Queen title back in December, 2010 from a field of six beauties. She was recently crowned Miss Carival, in St Vincent and the Grenadines winning all but one segment.
Other countries that will be represented at Miss Jaycees Caribbean Queen 2011 are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago. The contestants will compete in several segments including swimsuit, modeling, talent and interview.
Minister of Community Development Culture and Gender Affairs, Marcella Liburd along with the National Carnival Committee wished Ms. Queeley the best of luck and encourage all nationals of St Kitts and Nevis, especially those who will be visiting Antigua and Barbuda for carnival to go out and support Miss St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday 27th July at the pre-show at Sugar Ridge Hotel, where the swimsuit and modeling competition take place and on Friday 29th at the Antigua Recreation Grounds to witness the grand finale of the 50th Ms. Jaycees Caribbean Queen pageant.
St Kitts and Nevis was able to capture the prestigious title in 1984 and 2001 when Ms. Ithlyn Archibald and Ms. Nicole Gumbs respectively, outnumbered their fellow contestants. Miss Iantavian Queeley will be recorded in the history books of pageantry if she is to win this year’s show and end St Kitts and Nevis’ ten years of losing the crown.
Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis are hoping that the reigning National Carnival Queen and Ms. Carival will return with the crown following the 50th Ms. Jaycees Caribbean Queen Pageant.