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Miss Trinidad and Tobago crowned Miss Aquaval

  • Written by  Rawle Paterson

Her wealth of experience from pageantry and costume designing swept magnificently across the floor on Saturday as her confidence and impeccable poise rose with energy and passion to ensure that the twin isle Republic of Trinidad and Tobago recaptured the prestigious Miss Aquaval beauty pageant crown.

Miss Lisell Fraren Selider 26, who was the ninth and final contestant on stage, maintained consistent performances throughout the various categories and she gave the large audience a truly classical and royal display much to their appreciation. She scored 89.8 points. Her explosive and creative depiction of “Between Tolerance and Guilty” was sufficient to outdo Miss St Vincent’s presentation which many thought was also riveting. Miss Trinidad and Tobago was also voted the most intelligent contestant.

First runner-up went to Miss Barbados - Heidi Barrow, who amassed 85 points. She captured the individual prizes for Most Photogenic, Best Fitted and Portrayed Swimwear, Miss Congeniality and Most Outstanding and Relevant evening gown. Second runner-up went jointly to Miss St Vincent  Fayasha Lewis and Miss St Lucia  Kadijha Mason. The other contestants - not in order of merit were Miss Union Island - Urane Delpesche;  Miss Venezuela - Greisel Rivera;  Miss Grenada - Ria John; Miss Magarita - Arletha Fyhueredo and Miss Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Jermilia Joseph.

Senator Jester Emmons crowned the new Miss Aquaval Queen. Both Miss Selider and her chaperon Norma Bramble said that the credit must first go to God. They both added that it was a team effort and discipline, which ensured that the crown returned to the southern Caribbean after a few years break from competition.

Miss Selider, who is a costume mas band producer in her native land for their annual carnival, says that she would use her reign to promote and further advance the importance of the annual Regatta Festival so that more people from across the Caribbean and the world would experience for themselves the true beauty of Carriacou, its unique cultural practices and warm hospitable people.


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