Imo made it as far as the top five in the new format of the pageant.
It was a keenly contested pageant that eventually saw Leslessa Armour Shillingford of Dominica, capturing the title for her tropical paradise.
Like Iantavian Queeley of St. Kitts and Nevis a few years ago, this was the second straight major crown for the Dominican, who earlier in June also won the Miss Carival Pageant in St. Vincent, beating Imo into First Runner-up position in that contest.
Shillingford was quite dominant Friday night however, winning three of the top prizes and segments for Swimwear, Interview and Talent, leaving the Evening Wear title for the host country Antigua & Barbuda.
Shillingford even won the consolation prize for Miss Photogenic while Miss Congeniality went to Miss Barbados.
Taking the First Runner-up position was Miss Antigua & Barbuda followed by Miss Anguilla as Second Runner-up.
The pageant was held as part of the ongoing carnival celebrations in Antigua.
This new victory has therefore introduced even more friendly debate across the region about the dominance of selected countries in these pageants. Only three persons have ever done the “big sweep’ of winning, in the same year, both the Miss Jaycees and Miss Carival. Apart from Queeley and now Shillingford, the other delegate was Leandra Landa, another Dominican.
The pageant on Friday night ran very late, ending just around 1:00am when the final results were announced.
There were 11 countries participating, including a representative from the United States, for the first time.
Shillingford was crowned by her fellow Dominican Nadira Lando, who the pageant last year.
The next competition for Zinga Imo is only days away when she participates in the Miss Caribbean Culture in Nevis, on Monday night, 5th August, 2013, as that island continues its annual Culturama celebrations.