Last year I posted about the preparations for the Miss Grenada World last year but never followed up. Our participant, Vivian Burkhardt was among the final 16 Miss World contestants in China. Well done Viv! Click here to see photos of Vivian’s experience in China.
Needless to say the local representative selection process was rife with controversy, as these “beauty” pageants always seem to be. There were those who argued that contestants were too white, not white enough, not rootsy enough, too rootsy, too educated, not educated enough, too ugly, too pretty and the clincher – not Grenadian enough. Allegations were made that the the local organising committee had already made their selection (Vivian) and that the local contest was a sham. I tell yuh, between politics and queen shows, we people love ah argument!
Despite the fact that she is stunning, I’ll admit that Vivian was not my personal choice for Miss Grenada. It was a toss-up between Michelle Minors and another young lady (who withdrew from the competition but who was pursuing her law degree at the Sorbonne in Paris. !!!). What can I say, I have a weakness for smarts over looks. Or rather, smarts over “looks” as all those ladies are beautiful IMO.
In any case, the entire Miss World thing was a total let-down due to the horrible television coverage of the show, which appeared to have been produced by the Chinese themselves – as it was devoid of interest, humor and most importantly, the English language. Ah well! I hope we’ve learnt our lesson and realise that the kind of money that was spent to prepare and send Vivian to China could have put at least 5 children through secondary school.