Miss Bequia 2016: Tamara Woodley — Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd. (IWN photo)

A 15-year-old Form 4 student of Girls’ High School was Sunday night crowned Miss Bequia 2016.

“I’m very pleased with myself. I believed that I had it in me and I am very proud. I know that I could have done it,” Tamara Woodley — Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd. told reporters after her crowning at the Clive Tannis Playing field in Port Elizabeth.

In addition to taking the crown, Woodley won the swimwear and interview segments of the pageant in which four other young ladies competed as part of activities to mark Vincy Mas 2016.

“I do like the experience and I do think I would further enter more pageant and better my goals,” Woodley told reporters.

Miss Bequia 2016 contestants in swimwear. (IWN photo)
Miss Bequia 2016 contestants in swimwear. (IWN photo)

She emerged as the clear winner of the competition and told reporters afterwards that she was comfortable in all segments of the show.
“No section was difficult for me at all. I handled them all quite well. Her most pleasing segment was the interview,” she was.

Results:

  • Most Photogenic: Tamara Woodley — Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd
  • Best Swimwear: Tamara Woodley –Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd
  • Best Talent: Ashanda Mckree — Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar
  • Best Evening Wear: Wenesha Ollivierre — Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery
  • Second Runner-up: Ashanda Mckree — Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar
  • First Runner-up: Wenesha Ollivierre — Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery
  • Miss Bequia 2016: Tamara Woodley — Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd
  • Other contestants: Joslin Frank –Miss Chameleon Café & Clothing Ltd, Onica Jacobs — Miss BOS Marine Services
Best Swimwear: Tamara Woodley -- Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd. (IWN photo)
Best Swimwear: Tamara Woodley — Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd. (IWN photo)

The interview segment was characterised by shallow, short answer.

Woodley said she was especially pleased with her performance in that segment of the show “because I was very confident in my answers. I was pleased that I know what I was about to say.”

She was asked:

“As a student who performs well both academically and in sports, what advice would you give to parents who do not want their children to participate in sports?”

Miss Bequia 2016 contestants in evening wear. (IWN photo)
Miss Bequia 2016 contestants in evening wear. (IWN photo)

Woodley said:

“Being an individual who does exceptionally well in academic and athletics, I would definitely encourage adults to tell their children to participate in athletics. Why? Athletics and academics do go well hand in hand. This gives you the ability to travel the world, to be an ambassador of your country and it makes you open to scholarships. I thank you.”

Her second question was: “Who is that one influential person you would want to meet and why?”

Best Talent: Ashanda Mckree -- Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar. (IWN photo)
Best Talent: Ashanda Mckree — Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar. (IWN photo)

She responded:

“That one influential person that I would want to meet would love to meet would be Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Being a person who loves athletics, she inspires me. Coming from the poor background she came from and where anyone barely knew her, she persevered and strived to become the Olympic gold medallist and she is very inspiring. And she is also a role model to young athletes like myself. I thank you.”

Best Evening Wear: Wenesha Ollivierre -- Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery. (IWN photo)
Best Evening Wear: Wenesha Ollivierre — Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery. (IWN photo)

First Runner-up was Wenesha Ollivierre — Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery, who also won the Evening Wear segment.

The talent segment was won by Second Runner-up Ashanda Mckree — Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar.

Her talent presentation was a dramatisation about visiting Canada then being happy to return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

She ended by singing Skinny Fabulous’ “This Island is Mine”.