UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 08 September 2017 07:45
The Mr & Miss West Indies UK Pageant welcomed 30 men and women from throughout the United Kingdom for their second annual Mr & Miss West Indies UK Pageant, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 8th October in Haringey, at The Grand Selby Marquee, Selby Centre, Selby Road, London, N17 8JL
Founded by Fiona Hewitt, the foundation aims to unify West Indian heritages throughout the UK and the broader diaspora. The pageant which debuted in 2016 is also the winner of a Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts award (BEFFTA) for ‘Best Beauty Pageant’.
This year’s contestants, ranging in age from 18 to 29, represent: Barnet/Brent, Islington, Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Lewisham, Bournemouth, Barnsley Metropolitan, Milton Keys, Ealing, Hillingdon, Edmonton and Greenwich boroughs.
Under strict guidelines and across a range of disciplines, each contestant is given tasks to research the Island they will be representing. They will then present their findings, and judged according to the criteria set by the pageant rules. The King and Queen, receive a crown and a trip back to the Island of their heritage, which they represented.
“The Mr & Miss West Indies UK pageant is more than just a pageant, we have created A Pageant with a Purpose, for us it is all about community involvement,” Hewitt said. “The pageant’s objective is to reconnect the contestants with their heritage and culture, as well as giving them an excellent opportunity to be ambassadors in their own right.”
Crowned and Titled winners will carry the King and Queen status for one year, promoting good causes and charities both in the UK and in their home Islands. Aside from the Mr & Miss West Indies UK titles, contestants also have a chance to win across a range of categories, such as Most Photogenic, Traditional/Cultural Performance … to name a few. Last year’s Mr & Miss West Indies UK King and Queen were Ken Coco, representing the Island of Guadalupe, and Janiel Mitchell, who represented the Island of Jamaica.
“Winning the Mr & Miss West Indies UK crown has been life-changing,” Coco said. “Since the pageant, I have had incredible opportunity to effect change in my home Island and in the UK; through volunteering and community involvement. I encourage this year’s winner to build on that foundation and continue to foster enriching relationships between the West Indies and the UK.”
Contestant registration for this year’s pageant is now closed, but sponsorship packages are available to the amazing brands and businesses excited to be associated and part of supporting the Islands and the next generation.
“This is truly A Pageant with a Purpose,” Hewitt said. “We have created a platform for our young men and women to not only showcase the best of their cultures, but to also create a positive impact on their communities through volunteerism. I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in such a short time and I look forward to building a platform that continues to serve our Islands and the world at large”.
For more information about the pageant, tickets, or sponsorship packages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.mrandmisswestindiesuk.com/
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The Mr & Miss West Indies competition is a pageant with a purpose. It aims to showcase the best of West Indian heritage, culture, and talent through each contestant. It simultaneously provides an opportunity for all young men and women with the common background of a West Indian heritage to collaborate in a healthy competitive environment, in order to build and reinforce relationships with others who are working diligently to make a positive and productive mark on their communities.
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