Vic­tor Is Vic­to­ri­ous!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FEATURE - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Twenty-six-year-old Louise Vic­tor, since her vic­tory in the Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant of 2010, has main­tained a con­stant im­age of grace, poise, re­fin­ery and hu­mil­ity. Her life started in the dis­trict of Mi­coud and, although her roots re­main im­por­tant to her, she has ven­tured into many other dis­tant realms. Louise is the im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Youth Coun­cil, presently a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel Saint Lu­cia, a car­ni­val lover, a fit­ness en­thu­si­ast and a soon-to-be Chevening Scholar. But what she is most known for in Saint Lu­cia is her long ca­reer in pageantry which seemed to have ended in 2014 when she fin­ished first run­ner-up to Rox­anne Di­dier in the Miss Uni­verse Saint Lu­cia com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, Louise re­turned with a glo­ri­ous come­back this year when she de­cided to com­pete a sec­ond time only to fol­low a dream of which she wasn’t ready to let go. Two times proved to be the charm in this case, as Louise se­cured the crown. To many, it was no sur­prise be­cause she has been well sea­soned in the field of lo­cal and re­gional pageantry, but Louise did ad­mit to feel­ing a bit rusty when the time was ap­proach­ing. It had been three long years since the last show was held and, de­spite her daily ef­forts to con­trib­ute to her goal, she wasn’t com­pet­ing on a stage.

Nat­u­rally, to her re­lief, Louise was greeted by a com­pe­ti­tion with, as she de­scribed, won­der­ful and hum­ble young women. “It was a very friendly com­pe­ti­tion; we lit­er­ally all had each other’s backs,” Louise com­mented as she de­scribed the warmth the com­peti­tors ex­pressed to­wards each other. “We would give each other tips and point out er­rors.” And be­ing the only one of the com­peti­tors who ex­pe­ri­enced the pageant twice, she men­tioned the com­fort they had with the or­ga­niz­ing and plan­ning.

The pageant was held on Mon­day 31, July 2017 at Roy­al­ton Re­sort, and to fin­ish a long evening of try­ing to re­main emo­tion­ally sta­ble, Louise ex­ited the stage af­ter the fi­nal in­ter­view seg­ment tear­ing-up be­cause she was proud she had done her best. It was all she needed as, of course, she came out vic­to­ri­ous. She was over­whelmed by the sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and con­grat­u­la­tions she re­ceived from her coun­try, fam­ily and friends. More im­por­tantly Louise was thank­ful that she fought through all the hur­dles that pre­sented them­selves dur­ing the weeks lead­ing up. She men­tioned that there were times when scan­dalous com­ments were made and peo­ple made their dis­ap­proval known but she was not per­turbed.

The Miss Uni­verse pageant will be held over sev­eral days in Septem­ber this year. Louise has never com­peted in a show of sim­i­lar in­ter­na­tional mag­ni­tude and the time is speed­ily ap­proach­ing. As op­posed to many other pageants, 80-100 women will com­pete for the Miss Uni­verse (MU) ti­tle and for the du­ra­tion of the pageant no one but the MU com­mit­tee will have ac­cess to the con­tes­tants.

Louise will be un­ac­com­pa­nied and in­de­pen­dent come Septem­ber, but through her cap­ti­vat­ing and unique smile, she as­sured the STAR that, like ev­ery other goal she’s had, this pageant will get noth­ing but her best. “I will have per­sonal dis­cus­sions with Rox­anne and Tara to get an idea of what to ex­pect. Even if some­thing hap­pens that is un­ex­pected I think it’s im­por­tant that some­one who is able to stand on their own two feet rep­re­sents Saint Lu­cia and I think I suit that.”

Louise has com­peted in eight pageants, has been crowned three times and placed in the top three for many oth­ers. Other women have in­tim­i­dated her but Louise is known for her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in all as­pects of her life. She’s a beauty queen nev­er­the­less and in no way fits the stereo­type of a pretty face with no sub­stance.

In part­ing, Louise was sure to men­tion that if there was one thing she wanted to urge her coun­try to do it is to be mind­ful of the con­tent posted on so­cial me­dia. She her­self has mildly ex­pe­ri­enced cy­ber-bul­ly­ing but she is more con­cerned about the younger ones.

Miss Uni­verse Saint Lu­cia 2017, Louise Vic­tor, be­ing crowned by pageant co­or­di­na­tor, Joy­cie Med­er­ick and sashed by Miss Uni­verse Saint Lu­cia 2014, Rox­anne Di­dier-Ni­cholas.

Louise Vic­tor and Joy­cie Med­er­ick af­ter this year’s Miss Uni­verse Saint Lu­cia was crowned.

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