I am putting the disclaimer that this will be my first angry post. My fingers could not help but type this so I went along and let them type. And I believe that if something is wrong we should say it’s wrong so as to make it better right???
So here goes …
Have we become so backward in our thinking that we just choose to settle for mediocrity?
I was quite appalled, to say the least, by the released photos of the young ladies who are to take part in the National Queen Pageant.
Now before you bash and say “oh the girls are under pressure when they go up for queen and no-one knows what it is like, or you would not be able to do what the girls are doing” I too went up for queen. I took part in the pageant in 2002 and in 2004 represented Dominica at the queen of the world competition in Germany where I was one of the top twelve from 44 participating countries. So yes I do know what it takes… but I also know that we are going nowhere with pageantry in Dominica. Unless we put in place the right structures and move with the times and the evolution of pageantry we will get nowhere.
While I admire the girls for their bravery amidst all the criticism, there also has to be some sense of responsibility on the part of the organizing committees and the chaperons assigned to assist the girls. Chaperons, you should know better. Some of the girls go into the pageant with no clue as to what to expect and with no real knowledge of what pageantry involves. But I pause for a moment “do we even know, in Dominica, what pageantry is??? Pageantry is not a hobby, it is not a game, it not just some fun thing you go into to win a prize and is it not just a quick money making stunt, to most of the world it is a job and yes it takes work, hard work. So you can’t just wake up one morning and say “oh yah, I think I will take part in this show today”.
Now I am sorry because this post seems very harsh, but I am a firm believer that where someone fails you are to indicate the faults to them so as to make them better. Whether they want to take it in good faith and improve is totally up to them. I understand that the girls don’t have sponsors but hey guess what?? do like the rest of the world and get the designers to showcase their stuff by building outfits for the girls to wear… because although there is the absence of “sponsors” don’t be fooled that there will be at least one girl who will have an edge over the others because of her “team” and her “connections” and the “team’s” connections. Don’t pretend that we don’t know in Dominica is “who know you”.
It saddens my heart that the girls had to be subjected to such a mediocre photo-shoot and what makes it worse is that no one saw it necessary to do a second shoot and trash those photos that were released. I would have thought that one of the aims of releasing the photos would be to entice the sponsors to come on board but alas alas !!!
I know I am going to get some lashing for this and my phone may be ringing whole day tomorrow, but I think this has to be said in order to send a message to the necessary people to take the necessary steps to improve on the pageant that we call our “National Queen Pageant”. Enough is enough. I think it unfair that the young ladies had to be subjected to the bashing they received on social media for something that was not entirely their fault. I am sorry to who is offended but I do hope that it helps in changing the way we look at things on our beautiful island. Forward we go!!
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