04 outubro 2009

Bahamian Beauty Queens Advance in International Competitions

By Jerome Sawyer, MBO
MBO President Michelle Malcolm (second left) is pictured with her winning titleholders. From L-R: Miss Supranational semifinalst Kendra Wilkinson, Michelle Malcolm, Miss Bahamas World Joanna Brown, Miss Intercontinental semifinalist Dashanqiue Poitier. (Photo: MBO)

Nassau, Bahamas – Miss Bahamas Intercontinental 2009 Dashanique Poitier and Top Model of the Bahamas 2009 Kendra Wilkinson have put The Bahamas on the map in the world of international pageantry. Both Bahamian beauties were among the Top 15 stunners in their pageants - recently held in Belarus and Poland respectively - to advance to the final round of competition. Their names are now permanently etched in the annals of the Miss Intercontinental and Miss Supranational pageants.

Pageant veteran Dashanique Poitier won the right to represent The Bahamas at Miss Intercontinental when she placed second runner up in the Miss Bahamas World pageant this past May. The experience in Belarus was an amazing one for her as she competed against more than 60 women from around the world. No stranger to international competitions, Dashanique quickly established herself as one of the favorites for the title. For two weeks, she and her fellow delegates got acquainted with Belarusian culture and traditions as they toured places like Belovezhkaya Puscha, the lakes of Braslavy; the caves of Soligorsk; and the open air folk museum Dudutki where they charmed the crowd with their national costumes. The contestants became princesses in a royal ball in Grodno at the courtyard of the new royal palace. In Gomel they visited the park and the palace complex as well as the Gomel Cancer Children Hospital where they presented gifts to the patients. In Mogilev, the beauties went to the zoo, the astrologer's square, and to the monastery of Saint Nicholas. The competition culminated with a grand finale on September 27 in Minsk before thousands of spectators. Venezuela’s Hannelys Quintero walked away with the title.

Dashanique Poitier Photos:Anton Motolko

Kendra Wilkinson has long legs, a winning smile, and a heart of gold, and these are just some of the qualities that helped to land her in the Top 15 finalists of the first ever Miss Supranational Pageant, recently held in Poland. Kendra, who also competed in the Miss Bahamas World pageant this year and captured the title of Top Model of The Bahamas, was invited to compete in Miss Supranational shortly thereafter, for which she received the blessing of the Miss Bahamas Organization® to do so. From early on in the competition, Kendra established herself as one of the favorites for the title, using her extensive pageant experience to her benefit. While competing against 35 contestants from around the world, she not only placed among the 15 finalists, but she also captured two titles – Miss Friendship and Miss Personality – earning her prize money totaling $1000.00. While most in her position would have used their winnings to celebrate their success, Kendra recently gave a portion of her prize money to purchase school supplies for students in need.

The Miss Bahamas Organization® is very proud of the accomplishments of its titleholders. Says MBO President Michelle Malcolm, “We’ve been saying it all along; the Bahamas is filled with beautiful women who can compete at the international level, and the accomplishments of Dashanique and Kendra only prove that theory to be right. I firmly believe we could go to even higher heights, if we were given more support.”

Kendra Wilkinson Photos:Igor Drozdowski

The next MBO titleholder to go off for competition will be Miss Bahamas World Joanna Brown, who has been vigorously preparing for her stint at Miss World, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her preparations have included her Beauty with a Purpose project, for which she is raising funds for The Beacon School in Grand Bahamas which caters to children with special needs. Miss Brown hopes to raise sufficient funds to allow the school to build an arts and crafts center for its students, where they can learn skills that would make them employable. A high tea and silent auction are planned for October 30th at Government House, and corporate Bahamas as well as members of the public are being encouraged to support this worthy cause.

Miss Supranational semifinalist Kendra Wilkinson, Miss Bahamas World Joanna Brown, and Miss Intercontinental semifinalist Dashanique Poitier. (Photo: MBO)


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