The world of pageants has always been a talking point for debate – whether it be ‘beauty is skin deep’ or ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’. So, pageants have become a bone of contention as to whether their values are kosher or even beneficial, in the long run.
My experience with pageants has been grounded in empowering potential, strategising opportunity and networking connection. Yes, indeed its original premise might have been skewed by the notions of genetic blessing, solely, as a right to access, but that old premise has been changed drastically. Not only have beauty definitions altered dramatically but the raison d’etre of pageants, reside in a transformative journey and a dynamic becoming that yield well-rounded individuals exponentially.
Granted that some misgivings still do pertain, however, the notion of an enhanced life chance afforded by the participation in an activity with platforms for charity engagement circumstance, human development concern and meaningful sorority connection, overrides the myopic detractions and serves to augur well for sustainable positioning so as to make a difference with the life of the delegate.
Enough already with the didactic positing on behalf of the pageant pros. Simply put, take every opportunity to make a difference in your life and the life of others. Make beauty have a purpose internally, through spirit, and outwardly, by demonstrable expression. This is the style of the pageant process. The Miss World Trinidad and Tobago franchise holders, Brian Gopaul and Reiaz Mohammed have certainly endorsed this formula for allowing young women to transform their lives and impact positively on society – pretty is as pretty does.
The underlying ethos is that one must do unapologetically to improve the lives of the displaced, dispossessed and the disabled. The “Beauty with a Purpose” mission has enthralled young women who believe that the expression of beauty is in the doing of good. Miss World T&T fosters this magnanimous agenda, rallying the national community to support these young women who have taken up the mantle to make a difference with their lives.
The 10 finalists were presented to the public at O2N Style 2 at O2 Park in a spectacular show entitled ‘Style me Caribbean’, produced by the O2N Foundation under the creative direction of Richard Young.