The Miss Jaycees pageant, part of Antigua’s annual Carnival, has been newly expanded to an event spread over 2 days; it is also Zinga’s next stop as a representatative of her country.
Zinga explained to MiyVue.com how the new Miss Jaycees format works:
“The pre-show [on July 31st] has three segments. The swimsuit segment, the interview segment and evening wear segment. On the night of the show [August 2nd] we have to redo the interview segment, the swimsuits and the evening wear but we also have to do our talent as well.” Imo said that her talent performance would be a dance.
She said that all segments would be judged and that only 10 contestants would make it to the August 2 final.
Imo came in second at the Miss Carival pageant held as part of St. Vincent’s carnival, “Vincy Mas” in June, her first competitive outing for 2013.
“Since I became Miss St. Kitts-Nevis I’ve been very busy,” she said. “I’ve had to cut down on the hanging out, the sleeping late. I have to get up early because I have a lot of practicing to do. Every morning I have to wake up at five to practice and I have to practice again in the night, so basically I have no life right now.”
All the hard work poured into rehearsals and practice will be put to the test again after the hotly contested Miss Jaycees shows in Antigua. On the 5th of August, Imo competes in Culturama’s Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant in Nevis, and then on the 21st she takes the stage in Guyana at Miss Jam Zone. Zinga’s older sister Fatisha placed third at Miss Jam Zone two years ago.
Zinga provided some background on the Guyana competition, saying that contestants were to highlight the culture and cultural practices of their respective countries. She described Miss Jam Zone as a sort of ambassadorial contest, as there were no talent performances.
Zinga said that she has no regrets despite the hard work and sacrifice required to be a competitive ambassador for her country because “when I go on stage I’m happy.”