Anna Ramdeen win the day
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