Although the Carnival Celebrations have officially ended, the festivities will continue with the inaugural Miss Regal International Pageant which begins next Wednesday.
Delegates from across the globe, reaching to as far as New Zealand has made Antigua and Barbuda their home for 27 days of fun in the sun in the quest to be crowned the first ever Miss Regal International.
Speaking on ZDK’s Breakfast Programme Your Views this morning, Antigua’s own fashion designer- Calvin “Calvin S” Southwell, the master mind behind the pageant said he saw the need to tap into the niche market of” Beauty Tourism” after his many travels around the world as Chaperone for the Beautiful and Talented delegates that represented Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean Islands at several International beauty contests.
“Miss Regal is an Antiguan owned international pageant founded by myself. Having gone to so many beauty pageants around the world and seeing the effect that it has had on the host countries; 15 years ago I thought about it and i said i wanted it for our tourism product in Antigua and Barbuda,” he said.
Calvin S said that the journey to making his vision into a reality has not been an easy one but added that based on the rich experience the delegates have had over the past weeks, it has proved to be worthwhile.
He added that resident will experience a pageant like no other particularly because of the diverse culture which will be showcased on the stage. He said this coincides with the theme for the inaugural event, “Bringing Beauty and Diversity to Paradise, While Celebrating the Modern Woman.”
“What is so great about this pageant is that for me its a learning experience, not only in terms of pageantry but some of the countries and culture where these delegates are from are so diverse, similar to their looks so it will be a very interesting pageant,” he ended.
Antigua and Barbuda’s representative for the Miss Regal International Pageant will be Miss Latisha Green; a former Carnival Queen.
Competitions begin on Wednesday August 10th with the National Costume, Talent and Fashion Show with the finals slated for Saturday August 13th.
The show will be held at the Executive Business Center located on the Burma Road next to Barnacle Point. Tickets range from EC$100 – reserved 300 tickets.