Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn repeated his Ministry’s position that the merger of Miss BVI pageant with the Miss Universe and Miss World franchises is a great opportunity for the new queen.
The Minister while speaking at the Festival and Fairs Committee’s launch of the 2017 Emancipation Festival on 4th July also announced that the role of Chairperson for the Miss BVI Committee has returned to Ms. Alicia Hamm who previously held the position for many year.
While the Minister did not mention the recent issues surrounding the Committee and merger, which resulted in the resignation of former Chairperson Janette Brin, he did state that the combination of the pageant teams, and franchises elevates the event.
“I am pleased that our Executive Committee and the Miss BVI Sub Committee saw it fit to merge with the Miss World and Miss Universe Franchises for the betterment of the pageant and overall experience of the crowned queen. I would like to thank Ms. Alicia Hamm, chair of the Miss BVI Committee and the Miss Universe Franchise and I would also like to thank Mr. Damion Grange, chair of the Miss World BVI Franchise. They and their sub committees have been working tirelessly to ensure that we have a successful joint pageant and reign of Miss BVI 2017,” Hon. Walwyn announced
“We anticipate that this relationship will elevate the roles, responsibilities and status of Miss BVI as a territorial ambassador,” the Minister added.
The pageant merger was announced via a press release that was issued to the media on 16th May, which declared among other things that the 2017 winner will be representing the BVI at both the Miss Universe and the Miss World Pageants.
However, the blend was not quite smooth and resulted in the resignation of Brin from the position of Chair of the Miss BVI Committee. In a public announcement on the matter Brin cited concerns about the direction of the Committee.
Since then things appear to have moved forward with the Committee announcing that the first ever swimsuit competition will be held at Peter Island Resort on 15th July.
The 2017 contestants are: Contestant number one: Genesis Richards, Contestant number two: Ayana Phillips, Contestant number three: Tecora Morgan, Contestant number four: Helina Hewlett, Contestant number five: Lean Francis, and Contestant number six: Khephra Sylvester
This year’s Miss BVI will receive a Mi Amor crown, made of crystals and Larimar gemstones, set in sterling silver and white gold, custom made BVI Jade stone ring from Samarkand, a $30,000 educational grant from the Ministry of Education, a brand new 2017 Toyota Yaris, $5,000 cash, a Larimar Jewellery set from Mi Amor Jewellers, and a number of other prizes.
The First Runner-up will win a BVI Jade stone ring from Samaarkan, a $10,000 educational grant from the Ministry of Education, $4,000 cash and plus many other prizes. The 2017 Second Runner-up will win $2,000 cash and also receive other prizes.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com