Saint Lu­cia to be rep­re­sented at 66th An­niver­sary Miss Uni­verse Pageant

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The rich cul­tural di­ver­sity of Saint Lu­cia will be show­cased in­ter­na­tion­ally when Saint Lu­cia joins over 100 coun­tries field­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the 2017 Miss Uni­verse Pageant.

Saint Lu­cia's rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the 66th an­niver­sary pageant set for Novem­ber 26 in Las Ve­gas, USA is beauty and youth ad­vo­cate Louise Vic­tor. A past pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Youth Coun­cil and a na­tional Car­ni­val Queen, Vic­tor is an ac­claimed so­cial ac­tivist and a 2017 Chevening scholar per­su­ing stud­ies in In­ter­na­tional Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­age­ment at Cardiff Univer­sity in Wales.

Miss Uni­verse is the most pres­ti­gious spec­ta­cle in the world of pageantry. How­ever, the event has tran­scended from be­ing just an­other beauty pageant to one of the big­gest plat­forms for so­cial and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment for women. Vic­tor won the title of Miss Uni­verse Saint Lu­cia on July 31, 2017.

“A con­fi­dent woman has the power to make real change, start­ing in her lo­cal com­mu­nity, with the po­ten­tial to reach a global au­di­ence,” Vic­tor said. “It's against this back­drop I en­cour­age ev­ery woman to get out of her com­fort zone, be her­self, and con­tinue to de­fine what it means to be con­fi­dently beau­ti­ful.”

Na­tional Di­rec­tor for the pageant, Joy­cie Med­er­ick says, “An­nu­ally nearly ten thou­sand young women par­tic­i­pate in Miss Uni­verse pageant events. While it is a com­pe­ti­tion, the women who par­tic­i­pate also learn to help one an­other and cre­ate a net­work of friends and col­leagues on which to draw sup­port.”

The com­pe­ti­tion runs for three weeks with con­tes­tants be­ing chal­lenged in var­i­ous cat­e­gories. These in­clude in­ter­views where del­e­gates have an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote their coun­try or Is­land and raise aware­ness to their cho­sen causes, plat­forms and char­i­ties. The pageant in­cludes a cos­tume seg­ment, which is con­sid­ered the ‘Pa­rade of Na­tions'. Dur­ing the three-week long event, del­e­gates will also com­pete in photo shoots for var­i­ous global spon­sors. The com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals will be aired on FOX.

Saint Lu­cians both home and abroad are be­ing en­cour­aged to sup­port the cause and vote by down­load­ing the Miss Uni­verse app via the Google Play Store for An­droid users and Ap­ple store for iPhone users. Of­fi­cial dates for com­mence­ment of vot­ing will be an­nounced sub­se­quently.

The Miss Uni­verse title comes with a year-long con­tract, global travel rep­re­sent­ing the Miss Uni­verse Or­gan­i­sa­tion, as well as pro­mot­ing the win­ner's coun­try.

Miss Saint Lu­cia Uni­verse Louise Vic­tor (2nd left) and pageant stake­hold­ers at a re­cent press con­fer­ence.

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