Following 20 years of dormancy, the Miss OECS pageant has been revived.
At the official media press conference on Tuesday, October 8th, Pageant Director, Ramoulda Hyacinth relayed that this year the pageant will be themed, Celebrating Harmonization and Integration in Pageantry.
The Miss OECS Pageant was last held in 1999, where Dominica’s very own Kamala Jno Baptiste-Aaron captured the title.
However due to unknown circumstances, the event had been halted.
Hyacinth also expressed the organization’s hope to allow each of the six contestants to promote her country and culture and highlight the extraordinary talent, intelligence, poise and charm of the young ladies throughout the OECS.
The contestants are
Earlyica Frederick, Miss St. Lucia
Saskia Evans, Miss St. Kitts and Nevis
Odessa Merryman, Miss Grenada
Mikelle Joseph, Miss Antigua and Barbuda
Silvorn Lavia, Miss St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Marisol John, Miss Dominica 2019
The show will feature the following rounds: Cultural Spectacle in Creative National Costume, Performing Talent, Swimwear, Evening Wear and Question and Answer.
The young ladies will also be pre-judged on a promotional video which will include a promotional speech about herself and her country.
Tickets are VIP seating, $120.00.
Ground seating $80.00.
The event is carded for November 1st 2019 at the Windsor Park Stadium Forecourt from 8:00 p.m.
The island’s Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence reminds that the purpose for the revived Miss OECS Pageant remains to build a sense of unity among OECS countries.
Speaking at the official launching of the Miss OECS 2019 pageant on Tuesday, Lawrence firmly stated that the event seeks to build on the foundations of the OECS as a very important institution, as well as nurture a greater sense of regional unity, identity and pride.
He encourages support of the Miss OECS Pageant and other events which support regional integration.
“This in turn contributes to the wider movement towards greater CARICOM and Caribbean integration,” he believes. “Events like the Miss OECS Queen Pageant should always be encouraged and supported. There are so many things that divide us as a people. But one of the things that continues to bring us closer together as a people is our culture,” he says.
Lawrence says, “Throughout the Caribbean, we share a similar history and heritage and while there are differences, at the same time there are so many similarities. Both the similarities and the differences make up that rich blend of cultural heritage for which the Caribbean has become so very well known.”