Martinique wins Miss Global International
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
With Ebola on the front burner worldwide and leaders internationally being accused of slow response to the spread of the disease, it was 18-year-old, Anne-Sophie Ribesois' reasoning that had the Miss Global International judges in awe.
Last Saturday morning, the Martinique-born beauty queen, whose first language is French, bowled over the five adjudicators during the pre-judging of the Miss Global International Pageant at RIU, Montego Bay.
Ribesois, an advocate with 'Doctors Without Borders', says the response from leaders internationally has not been unanimous, "even though the disease has had a devastating impact on three West African countries".
According to her, the African leaders are doing as much as they can with limited resources, "but Ebola is a very difficult disease and all hands must be on deck".
Ribesois went on to sparkle at the grand coronation show hours later. On Saturday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Ribesois was crowned Miss Global International 2014, surpassing 17 other contestants at the 10th anniversary event.
She also copped the sectional prizes for being 'Most Aware' and having the 'Best Figure', returning to the French island in the Caribbean with prizes valued at over $500,000.00.
Her main rivals were 19-year-old political science and law student Miss Panama, Keasy Myrie, who copped second place and sectional prize for donning the 'Best Costume'; and third-place winner, Miss Haiti, Syndia Saint Jour, a nurse who resides in New York.
The Jamaican in the competition, Shavrine Wilson, who filled a void left by the dethroned Veronica McMaster, did an admirable job and was awarded the prize for being 'Most Talented' after impressing the judges with her talent piece last Friday night.
Overall, this was a tough competition to win because of the quality of the young women who entered this year. Although the numbers were fewer, the contestants were articulate and relatively aware.
Miss Guyana, Onesha Hutson, who hoped to do exceptionally well as a model in the future, was rewarded for her beautiful smile with the 'Best Smile' title, while the ladies voted for Laura Bradley, Miss Australia, as the 'Most Congenial'.
Interspersed with some of the most incredible and innovative costumes depicting the rich cultural heritage of the various countries, the contestants went all out, showcasing fashion from around the world.
Their presentations were complemented by the RIU dancers, who literally set the stage on fire, delivering world-class performances, reiterating their dominance on the entertainment scene.
Now in its 10th year, pageant organiser, Lachu Ramchandani, has again announced plans to move the international aspect of the pageant overseas.
He was tight lipped when asked, "What's next"?
However, he said, "Miss Global is now well recognised internationally, and I have been making trips lately to sign contracts regarding hosting the show outside Jamaica", he told The Gleaner.
This year's event was sponsored by RIU, Schaffe Call Centre, Tropical Tours, City Sports, L'Oreal, Soft Sheen, Milbrook Resorts, and Grand Palladium Resort.