On Monday July 9th Guyanese gathered at an impromptu reception in New York to meet Miss Guyana World, Arti Cameron and to pledge support in whatever way to make her participation at the Miss World competition in China possible. This event was necessary after it was made clear that the current franchise holders are no longer on board.
The reception was sponsored by Dave Kadarnauth, owner of The Nest Restaurant, 125-17 101st Ave., Richmond Hill Queens, New York, and organized by Patricia Jordon-Langford, President of The Guyana Tri-State Alliance, Inc. and committee members who have since been engaged in various efforts to raise funds to assist Arti to get to China on time.
Celebrated designer Michele Cole will be designing the competition gown and the national costume. She assured everyone that even though late, Arti’s gown will be fabulous. Michele was the designer of the winning gown at the Miss Guyana world Competition that was worn by Arti. Renowned Guyanese designer Gem Fraser will also be contributing to Arti’s wardrobe. She designed and provided the dress that was worn by Arti at the reception. Mr. Reginald Daniels will sponsor the competition and national costumes and Ms. Audrey Doorn has agreed to sponsor the luggage.
The monetary contributions will also be used to purchase the airline ticket to Ordos, China, and other necessary items that are needed to make her participation at the event possible. Mr. Rahaze Kone also made pledges.
Arti is being groomed by Guyanese Phillipe Marrish, President of Etiquette Training International who was also present at the reception.
The cuisine of The Nest contributed to a really beautiful Guyanese evening.
By Bhisham Mohamed in Miami
Twenty-two-old Soyini Fraser, a final-year theology student at the Life Christian University, was in the wee hours of Sunday crowned Miss United Nations 2012, outshining 17 other finalists at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Lounge, Miami, Florida.
After three days of intense preliminary competitions, a confident Fraser walked the catwalk with grace, poise, and charm – captivating the judges’ hearts.
A stunned Fraser could not have contained her reaction when she was bestowed with the title and burst into tears. As she took her first walk as Miss UN 2012, the audience cheered with appreciation.
She was later applauded by the panel of judges who have a vast knowledge of pageantry, designing, and chorography.
“I am shocked and elated at this time… I cannot say how appreciative I am to the people who have made me their representative to this pageant and more so, the generous people who have contributed to making my dreams a reality,” the newly-crowned queen said.
Among the prizes she has won are cash prizes, trips to Jamaica and Africa, and beauty hampers.
The journey to the crown was not a walk on the beach, as there was rather intense competition during the pageant. Fraser last Thursday evening worked the stage with her well-executed talent piece, in which her experience as a dancer attached to the Classique Dance Company was evident.
On Friday, there were the hectic photo shoots which saw all the delegates showcasing their national costumes, evening gowns, sportswear and high fashion outfits. Later on Friday, the contestants were grilled in a “cold room” for the interview segment which replaced the intelligence segment that was supposed to be done on the night of the pageant. Fraser again was one of the judges’ favourites.
For the sportswear segment, she was clad in yellow short pants and a black jersey with her hair firmly intact, definitely sending a message to the judges. Her national costume depicted Guyana’s rich flora and fauna and its diverse population. Her high fashion outfit was an all-black body-hugging dress with a matching hat. The outfit was designed by Guyanese designer Mwanza Glen.
Her evening gown was a yellow, shimmery closely fitted sheath, which was designed by another Guyanese designer, Roger Gary.