Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
Deanna Robins talks about her Miss World experience
The statuesque six-foot beauty queen walked into the Liguanea Suites of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Her form-fitting coral mini was perfect. She is poised and ready for her first interview since returning to the island from her long stint in China, participating in the 62nd Miss World beauty pageant. Now back home, she dished about her time in inner Mongolia and what she found most interesting about her time in the Asian city. "I met so many people from around the world that I would not have been exposed to," she told Flair, adding that she went to do her best without any added stress so she wouldn't feel disappointed about the end results.
She wanted to win all the fast-track competitions, she revealed with a laugh, confessing talent meant the most to her because it required a lot more effort on her part. After being placed second, she was very proud because all the top-five contestants were very good and she thinks that China had a great talent piece. With the talent segment out of the way, Robins was dreading the question-and-answer segment most of all. "Waiting on the top five to be announced was nerve wracking because at that point it was out of my hands. But I tried to stay composed and give a great response." She continued, "In retrospect, I had to try and give the best response that I could and work through my nerves." Although she felt a little intimidated by the other 115 beautiful girls in the competition, Robins was confident she was bringing something different to the table.
She described the experience as awesome. The friends that she made were the best part of the trip. "We were there for five weeks so we got to bond and make friends with the other girls, and that was a great experience." She notes that she has really grown as a result of being in the competition. "When you go through a stressful experience like that, it helps you to grow and so I was able to cope with all the things and experiences that they threw at us." Through the experience, she also learnt a lot about herself. Apart from learning how much she loved Jamaican food, she confessed that she was a lot more independent and patient with having to deal with all of the responsibilities for five weeks.
What's in the future for Miss Jamaica 2012? "I definitely want to make the most of my title by working with the charities that I began working with before I left, and then after relinquishing the crown I will be back in school to study physiotherapy," she revealed.
Why that dress?
One of the questions that beauty pageant fanatics would love to get a response to is why the gold dress? Her response, "To be honest, the red gown didn't fit me at the back properly and the other red Uzuri gown from the designer award I had already worn, so I wanted to bring something new," she explained. "Seeing that it was Jamaica's golden jubilee, I was hoping to get some luck out of the symbolism," she laughed.
Happy with her accomplishments placing sixth, Robins tells us that there isn't anything she would do differently if she had to do it all over again. "I did absolutely everything that I could have done, so I wouldn't change a thing," she ended.
The island queen returned home on Thursday and flew out yesterday to participate in the West Indian Day parade in New York, as part of her prize package from the official carrier, Delta Airline.