One year ago, Meghan Theobalds went from never being interested in pageantry to becoming Miss Universe 2018. She has carried the crown with the grace, poise and pride one has come to expect of one of our national icons. With her electrifying smile, towering height, and curly afro, Meghan proudly flew the Barbados flag in Thailand for the Miss Universe pageant, and every place she has visited since then.
Reminiscing on her reign, Meghan describes it as one of the best experiences of her life. “What an incredible year it has been for me! I was honoured and humbled to represent our beautiful home Barbados and the 285,000 smiling faces of our people on the world’s biggest stage at the Miss Universe pageant in Thailand last year.”
Beyond the pageant, Meghan has reigned supreme, partnering with the BTMI to share wonderful stories of Barbados with visiting journalists, and making special appearances at events in Barbados as well as in our overseas markets.
“There have been so many wonderful experiences that I cherish – the friendships fostered, the personal growth that I have seen in myself and the opportunity to be a part of telling the Barbados story, are all part of this once in a lifetime journey that I will hold dear forever. As the new ladies of the 2019 cast get going on their own path to the crown on September 7, 2019 at Hilton Barbados Resort, I can share with them that this is a ride like no other! Embrace it, and enjoy every moment – and to the winner – Barbados and especially the BTMI team, will be right there with you cheering you on as you carry the flag and honour of being the next Miss Universe Barbados.”
As she prepares to hand over her crown, #TeamBTMI would like to take this time to wish this true queen and Barbadian beauty all the very best in her future endeavours.
#LifeOfAQueen. Our current Miss Universe Barbados 2017 Lesley Chapman-Andrews is off to New York City on her last official trip as a guest of our sponsors the BTMI and JetBlue. It will be a whirlwind trip of activities, media junket and events including a visit to the Greenwich Polo Club and taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple compliments CityPASS. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook @missuniversebb!
The 2018 edition of the Miss Universe Barbados show was officially launched on Tuesday, April 10 and the casting process is now underway, says the show’s Producer Brian Green, who is the CEO of Crown Events Inc., the holder of the local franchise for the international pageant.
After that is completed over the next few weeks, he says, there will be some events for the final ten contestants’ families so that they can meet with the team producing the show and gain a better understanding of the training which their family members will undergo over a ten-week period in preparation for the event, which comes off in September at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Every year over 80 contestants from around the globe compete for one of the most coveted titles in the worldwide pageant scene – Miss Universe.
This year Yello Media Group sponsored Barbados’ search for its 2017 representative and the race was down to nine beautiful ladies: Shanice, Alicia, Shadae, Shahaida, Lesley, Jamilah, Te-keila, Che Amor and Mutamuliza.
Last Saturday night, 16th September, Lesley Chapman-Andrews was crowned the winner and now has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent her home country on the international stage.
Ten young Barbadians have stepped up to vie for the chance to represent their country on the world stage at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant.
Last evening at the Bluberry Beach Club at Brandons, St. Michael, the cast of 10 young ladies received their official Miss Universe Barbados Delegate sash from reigning Miss Universe Barbados, Shannon Harris and 2016 delegate, Ukweli Wilson.
It has just been a week and a couple of days since we last saw Miss Barbados Shannon Harris strutting the runway for the Miss Universe pageant, held in Manila, Philippines. The winner of that pageant was Iris Mittenaere from France; however, though Shannon didn’t make the Top 13 on the night of the show she did an amazing job, which made many Barbadians proud of her.
Speaking at a press conference at Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Maxwell Coast Road, last Friday, Public Relations Officer for Miss Universe Barbados Gaynelle Marshall said, “On board with us we have persons who deal with Information Technology (IT) and Statistics on our team. When they were able to pull the stats on Shannon Harris going into the competition the search for Shannon Harris increased via Google 600 per cent and then a further 250 per cent on the night of the show itself.” She continued, “The search for Barbados also increased by approximately 300 per cent because of one ‘pageant’ which means all of a sudden we have direct plugging interest that we absolutely could not pay for.”