Anna Ramdeen win the day

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late hours and want­ing to be more com­mit­ted, she opted to stay in the city ahead of the pageant.

Shoshanna shared that she has come a long way, not­ing that pageantry has boosted her self-con­fi­dence, brought about pos­i­tive­ness, al­lowed for her to be more en­gag­ing so­cia­bly and im­proved her pub­lic speak­ing abil­i­ties. More im­por­tantly, for some­one who has never had a sis­ter, she gained an en­tire sis­ter­hood on both oc­ca­sions. She men­tioned that she re­mained close with the women she con­tested against last year. Com­pet­ing the sec­ond time around, she said, had im­proved such ben­e­fits and she did not hold back the smiles.

An­other woman she was grate­ful to have met and worked along with is Miss In­dia Guyana World­wide 2011 Roshini Bood­hoo, who had gone on to win Miss Con­ge­nial­ity at the Miss In­dia World­wide com­pe­ti­tion and fin­ished as fourth run­ner-up. “Roshini was my go-to per­son. She was with me back­stage at all times. She worked with me on my talent piece and pushed with me un­til I got it right. She is phe­nom­e­nal,” Shoshanna said.

Then she shared lessons learned from a pair of shoes. Since last year’s shoes still looked chic and felt com­fort­able, she de­cided to use them at her re­hearsals and to leave get­ting her­self a new pair closer to the day of the pageant. But trainer Ali­cia, know­ing best of course, told her that she needed to re­hearse in the shoes she was go­ing to wear the night of the pageant and she would later learn why. With cash in hand she be­gan the quest to find the per­fect shoes that spelt classy and felt com­fort­able at the same time. Con­stant prac­tice causes one’s feet to be­come sweaty and if the shoes get too slick, the wearer can slip. Find­ing those shoes, she re­called, took for­ever and break­ing them in was an­other trou­ble. She had to do so dur­ing re­hearsals un­der pressure; some­thing that should have been done at home. Re­hearsals could have turned out to be trau­matic, Shoshanna gri­maced at the thought of what could have been the out­come or even worse had she left the shoes to be worn only on the night of the pageant. Not only would it have been

trau­matic, but em­bar­rass­ing to say the least. None­the­less re­hearsals went well and the pageant, even bet­ter.

She has al­ways ad­mired In­dian ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra, who won the Miss World 2000 ti­tle. Yet if she could meet just one per­son that she re­ally ad­mired it would have been Mother Teresa. Shoshanna is awed by the kind­ness and com­pas­sion she had, which she learned by read­ing about her. She is sure it would have been a pro­found ex­pe­ri­ence she would share for generations to come.

Shoshanna en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to per­se­vere for their goals and to live their pas­sions.

She took the op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge those who sup­ported her, es­pe­cially her mother. Since win­ning the Miss In­dia Guyana ti­tle, Shoshanna said, she has a new per­spec­tive on life and every day the idea of be­ing queen is still sur­real and she cer­tainly looks for­ward to her reign.

Be­cause of lit­tle time this year to pull off the pageant the con­tes­tants did not have plat­forms. How­ever, Ramdeen who had taken up Can­cer Aware­ness at last year’s pageant and had be­gun work­ing with the Guyana Can­cer Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to do so dur­ing her reign and af­ter.

The Leo-born queen en­joys read­ing, trav­el­ling, meet­ing new peo­ple and spend­ing time with her fam­ily. She has a pet poo­dle called Melly and ad­mits that she’s her baby since she sleeps with her and she sees to it that she is well taken care of.

Asked whether she will be con­sid­er­ing pageantry in the fu­ture, Shoshanna said she can’t be sure of an­other pageant, but will re­main open-minded about the idea. She does plan to have a mod­el­ling ca­reer on the side.

Shoshanna bested nine other beau­ties at the Miss In­dia Guyana Pageant at the Mar­riott Ho­tel two Sun­days ago. She also walked away with the Miss Beau­ti­ful Skin Award among other prizes. She will rep­re­sent Guyana at the in­ter­na­tional leg in December in New Jer­sey, USA.

Shoshanna par­tic­i­pates in a med­i­cal out­reach through the Guyana Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

ring the pageant.

Shoshanna did a dra­matic dance for the talent seg­ment

Shoshanna in scrubs

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