Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild Cultural Entertainment Affairs Chairperson (CEAC) Miguel Reid is taking the annual Miss UWI pageant to the screens this year, making it into a reality show for the first time. According to Reid, the pageant appeals to the Caribbean and not just to the UWI.
"I wanted to do something different from previous years because I am not one to stick with the same old formula. Fabian Howell expanded this event in 2007 and I want to take it to that national level and make it into a household product by bringing it into homes. This event is bigger than just UWI. UWI is like a light that everybody aspires to be involved with in some way, so it's about sharing our best with that audience," Reid said.
The pageant will be aired on a popular television station, and the contestants will be strategically placed under one roof, where they are expected to coexist. Based on the values and the level of responsibility displayed by the contestants, points will be allotted. These points will be added to the final decision at the coronation show on March 10, 2013.
Currently, 25 Caribbean contestants are selected based on a screening process executed by casting judges, media personalities and former vice-president of the UWI Guild of Students, Krystal Tomlinson, and Slovakian designer Lubica Slovak.
In coming weeks, the contestants will be narrowed down to 15.
"Right now the event is on the lips of most of the university students, and there is much anticipation. We are aiming to create a brand to rival the best that Jamaica has to offer and to create a stepping stone for national pageants, whether it may be Jamaican, Guyanese, Bajan or Trinidadian pageants. The girl who wins Miss UWI 2013 should be prepared enough to represent her country," Reid disclosed.
The girls will be taken on tours to various spots in the island. They were recently featured at Corporate Mingle in New Kingston, and according to Reid, they have raised many notable eyebrows.
"I have full confidence in these girls, and my executive team of Stephen Joseph, Walter Davis, Paula Bullings, Amoi Smith, the hall CEACs and my deputy CEAC Cammarro Curtiz. So come 2013, patrons are in for a well-produced show," Reid concluded.
For regular updates on Miss UWI 2013, persons can log on to the official Facebook page at facebook.com/Missuwi or twitter@Missuwi.