With the blessings of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Tobago may be the next venue for Miss World 2011, notwithstanding an ugly and embarrassing shouting incident involving a female relative of this country’s representative to the Miss World 2010 pageant.
Minister of Tobago Development Vernella Alleyne-Toppin yesterday said the sister-isle could get the nod after co-chair of the Miss World Pageant Julia Morley and an entourage including reigning Miss World, American Alexandria Mills and first runner-up Miss Botswana Emma Wareus, paid a courtesy call on Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London yesterday morning and also toured several tourist attractions and facilities.
Tobago’s chances of hosting such an international event was dealt a severe blow when a woman claiming to be the mother of Miss TT Davia Chambers, met Alleyne-Toppin and in the presence of reigning Miss World Alexandria Mills, first runner-up Emma Wareus and the Miss World Pageant co-chair Julia Morley, and angrily demanded to know why her daughter Davia Chambers — TT’s representative at the Miss World 2010 pageant — was not invited to be part of the local team of officials to accompany the Miss World pageant organisers to different areas in Tobago.
As the Miss World entourage including Mills, Wareus and Morely looked on, Alleyne-Toppin tried her best to placate the angry woman while Chambers stood nearby with her back turned as she adjusted her make-up.
In the end, Miss World Alexanderia Mills led away Chambers and spoke to her in the company of Morley.
The reigning Miss World later led Chambers into a nearby Audi sedan and continued speaking with her.
“We are looking at TT, with Tobago as the main venue, for Miss World 2011. We have had our first talks. Miss Morley and the rest of her team spent some time touring the island. They visited the new Scarborough Hospital and they were later taken to the Buccoo Reef and other sites,” Alleyne-Toppin said. The entourage is expected in Trinidad today where they will tour several venues.
Part of today’s schedule includes dinner with Persad-Bissessar at the Prime Minister’s Residence and Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, where Toppin said a final decision would be made. The minister, who admitted she was very excited about the prospect of the sister isle hosting the international event, said they made no request for the pageant to be held in this country, but said the offer was made by Morley and the Miss World organisation.
“If given the opportunity we would say yes right now, but it is the Prime Minister who has the final say, and she will be meeting with them tomorrow (today),” she said.
The minister said hosting the event would be a big leap for Tobago’s tourism, infrastructure and especially for their marketing thrust. Courtesy Newsday