Beauty With A Real Pur­pose!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

The old­est, big­gest most pres­ti­gious pageant is sched­uled for 18 De­cem­ber 2016, this time in Wash­ing­ton DC. La­toya Mof­fat, 22, will on be­half of Saint Lu­cia do bat­tle in the Miss World com­pe­ti­tion against some of the most beau­ti­ful young women on the planet. Re­cently she sat down for an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the STAR. What at­tracted her to pageantry seemed a good place to start.

“I was quite young when I moved with my fam­ily to the UK,” she said. “One day I hap­pened upon a TV pro­gramme and dis­cov­ered pro­mot­ers of Miss Teen Eng­land were scout­ing for new faces. Right away I thought, Wow! Why don’t I try out for this? I did and got bit­ten by the pageant bug. I ab­so­lutely love com­pet­ing. Be­sides, there are the op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and boost your self-con­fi­dence.”

Faye: How has it been, the road to Miss World as Saint Lu­cia’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive?

Mof­fat: As a teen I al­ways wanted to do Miss World. It’s the planet’s most pres­ti­gious and grand­est pageant. At the heart of the Miss World foun­da­tion is some­thing called beauty with a pur­pose. It’s a plat­form which of­fers women the op­por­tu­nity to make real-life con­tri­bu­tions to the world. I chose a plat­form called “Raise Your Voice St. Lu­cia”. It’s a fem­i­nist or­ga­ni­za­tion that ex­ists to pro­mote the needs and rights of vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence, founded by Cather­ine Sealys. I had to pro­mote my char­ity on a na­tional plat­form.

Faye: What are your main in­spi­ra­tions in life?

Mof­fat: I would love to be a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, maybe op­er­ate my own bridal bou­tique. I also have a pas­sion for any­thing un­der the umbrella of jour­nal­ism and the arts.

Faye: What con­tri­bu­tions do you hope to make to so­ci­ety, your coun­try?

Mof­fat: Last year I was crowned Miss Com­mon­wealth In­ter­na­tional in Lon­don and I credit my grand­mother, who adopted me at an early age, for in­still­ing un­for­get­table val­ues in me. I am cur­rently work­ing part-time as a mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant in Lon­don and hope to of­fer aware­ness of the rape cri­sis. I’m very lucky to have a voice and I will use it to bring aware­ness on rape. There is a rape cri­sis and it needs to be dealt with. I would also like to rep­re­sent my beau­ti­ful is­land to the best of my abil­ity. As an am­bas­sador of Saint Lu­cia I would love to show the world how vi­brant and warm and wel­com­ing our peo­ple are. Ul­ti­mately, in re­gards to the pageant, I hope to bring the crown to my home­land.

Faye: Would you like to have a fam­ily some day?

Mof­fat: I haven’t thought much about this. One of the qual­i­fy­ing rules gov­ern­ing in­ter­na­tional pageantry bars ap­pli­cants from be­ing wives and moth­ers.

Faye: What are your peeves? Mof­fat:

Rape! Although it’s much more than a peeve. When some­one is pres­sured or forced to have sex when they don’t want to, that’s a crime. One of my clos­est friends was a vic­tim of rape and ever since it hap­pened I have spent time vol­un­teer­ing to help raise aware­ness and fund­ing for rape vic­tims. I vol­un­teer when­ever I am able at a sex­ual clinic in Lon­don, an ad­vo­cacy group, and I’m part of their vol­un­teer net­work. One of the things I’m pas­sion­ate about is as­sist­ing and ex­tend­ing my arm in what­ever way I can. I also en­joy get­ting to know pa­tients and sur­vivors on a per­sonal level.

Faye: Do you think of life af­ter pageants?

Mof­fat: Many Miss World con­tes­tants went on to be­come politi­cians, doc­tors, lawyers and so on. Some of the most suc­cess­ful women turn out to be for­mer pageant con­tes­tants. Halle Berry rep­re­sented the US and Sarah Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant in Alaska. Even at home in the Caribbean we have Lisa Hanna who is an elected MP in Ja­maica. For me, suc­cess has a num­ber of dif­fer­ent el­e­ments. It’s about hav­ing achieved a spe­cific goal or goals and en­joy­ing the satisfaction of a job well done; hav­ing achieved one’s pur­pose. It is also the recog­ni­tion of that achieve­ment by oth­ers. Suc­cess is a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ti­va­tor for me; I have a de­sire to achieve suc­cess in all that I un­der­take and to con­trib­ute to the best of my abil­ity. This is my big­gest pro­pel­lant.

Be sure to watch La­toya Mof­fat as she struts her stuff for Saint Lu­cia in the 2016 Miss World, De­cem­ber 18 on Chan­nel E.

La­toya Mof­fat will be fly­ing the flag for Saint Lu­cia at the 2016 Miss World com­pe­ti­tion.

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