(By Alex Wayne)
The 2009 Miss Guyana Universe Pageant hosted at the National Cultural Center on Saturday night, appeared to be well planned and orchestrated, minus a few minor glitches.
While the entire venture depicted a kaleidoscope of ‘colour creativity’, elegance and intense glamour were among the other strong points at the event.
Fifteen super-sizzling ladies battled for supremacy and many unleashed their ‘pageant fire’. But in the end, it was the pretty, sophisticated and provocative Jenelle Cox who blazed a scorching trail to whisk away the crown and title from 14 other contestants.
In the first runner-up spot was Rachael Bakker, followed by Lecrisha Rambalack, Janella Lewis and Nandani Seecharan who occupied the second, third and fourth runner-up spots respectively. Rambalack also won the Miss Photogenic and the People’s Choice awards, while Lewis and Cianna Persaud copped the Miss Body Beautiful and Miss Congeniality prizes, respectively.
Starting almost promptly this time around, the girls soon hit the stage to perform a dazzling opening dance that showcased magnificent choreography, enthralling sensuality, and ‘liquid allure’ that spilled into the audience.
As the hosts Wanita Huburn and Stan Gouviea ignited an almost ‘electric atmosphere’, Adesia Lambert and Gordon Marsh were invited to perform ‘A Coloured Girl In the Ring’, which as agreed by the majority, was an ‘entertainment catastrophe’.
Many mouthed that they were maybe connected to someone in the pageant committee, since they could not possibly understand why Lambert’s childlike ministrations on keyboard and violin, and Marsh’s raucous blaring on the trumpet was ever included on the programme. Luckily the talented and beautiful Jessica Xavier delivered a soul stirring rendition of the popular piece ‘From a Distance’ which sent the audience into thunderous applause.
The Aspara Dancers this time around, beautifully interwove creative Indian dance moves with the waltz and it truly worked for them onstage. Jamaica’s Wayne Marshall sent the audience into wild festivity as he performed ‘Rewind’, ‘Shall Overcome’ and several others before exiting the stage to screams of approval from the large gathering.
Then it was time for the evening gown segment and one must agree that except for a few, the ladies were all mesmerising and breathtaking in the designs they flaunted onstage.
The saucy and provocative Latoya Maraj was magnificent in a shimmering multi-coloured strapless gown that exposed the entire back and ample cleavage. She made way for Janella Lewis whose ‘bronze strapless dream’ was the envy of every other woman at the venue. While the corseted back of the gown did wonders for her figure, it flowed away from her hips in glistening frothy bubbles that was a sight to see. Shivon Siewyal’s white off-the-shoulder gown, however, was just too plain and almost childish.
Asanti Mickle’s body hugging ‘off-red’ creation carried a transparent meshed bodice that plunged daringly to her navel. The fishtail styled gown ended with dreamy, puffs and ruffles to the ankle. Faye Nicholson’s mustard-coloured gown did not do her any credit as the murmurs in the National Cultural Center suggested.
Nandani Seecharan was quite stunning in her mauve, silver and brown evening wear that announced the fact that she is quite a sultry woman.
Lecresha Rambalack was truly angelic in her skin clinging silver and blue piece that accentuated her superb curves. Divya Sieudarsan’s tight fitting blue attire exposed her entire back and also featured a plunging neckline. Cianna Persaud wore a flowing gown with a wide skirt that featured clashing tropical shades and highlights. The strapless creation was the perfect wear to evoke romance at any given forum.
Rachael Bakker was a super sexy sensation in a white gown that flowed gloriously to her ankles. With what appeared to be bronze shell covering her breasts, the piece also featured bronze chains to the back which attached the bodice to the skirt. Her matching gloves were the perfect finish to the outfit she so wondrously displayed.
Jenelle Cox’s gown was a gorgeous black ensemble with silver highlights that further accentuated her good looks. She made good use of the daring slit to the left thigh and stormed the stage much to the delight of patrons.
The Intelligence Segment offered much humour as some of the contestants ‘messed up’ their questions.
To the question, ‘What is the role of a woman in today’s society?’, Seecharran fumbled and totally strayed from the topic, while Bakker, stuttered and kept repeating parts of her answer over and over again. Lewis who began her answer calmly, apparently panicked and went into a tirade, much of it not relating to the question.
Rambalack’s answer was fairly good, but maybe did not match that of the eventual queen who responded that ‘the role of a woman is to set an example for others’ and also that ‘woman represents strength since ‘woman power’ is prevalent in today’s society.
Miss Universe 2009, which will be aired live from the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on August 23, is a joint venture between the Trump Organisation and NBC Universal.
The local queen will head to the Bahamas in August to compete with 91 other women from around the world.
The new queen will receive some $2.5M in prizes, inclusive of a 21 days stay at the world famous Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and two round-trip tickets to Jamaica for one week, with hotel accommodation.
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