FOR the first time, Guyana will be hosting a national pageant to select Guyana’s representative to the Annual Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant slated for August 2020 in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Under the directorship of Guyanese-born international fashion designer and Pageant Guru, Randy Madray, the Miss Guyana Culture Queen aims to promote, market and preserve the diverse culture and tourism of Guyana.
This year, Miss Guyana Culture Queen will be selected through a national pageant from a lineup of carefully selected quarter-finalists. Applicants will complete a well-structured application Online, after which a panel of the pageant, fashion and other related professionals will select which applicants will move on to the interview round. From the interviews, the quarterfinalists will be selected to begin the 2020 national pageant.
The pageant in itself will feature a preliminary interview and the coronation event. On Coronation Night, delegates will compete in national costume, performing talent, swimwear, evening gown and interview. At the end of the production, Miss Guyana Culture Queen 2020 will be crowned and begin preparation for the regional leg of the competition.
Last year, Arian Dahlia Richmond was selected by a team of professionals within the fashion and pageant industry as Miss Guyana Culture Queen 2019, and took on the task of representing Guyana at the Miss Culture Caribbean Queens 2019 Competition. With her grace, poise, and confidence, Arian competed with notable models in the Caribbean, and secured the first-runner up position. She also won several accolades, such as Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and Best Country Promotional Video, produced by local videographer Anthony Indar.
The Miss Guyana Culture Team will comprise a brilliant team of creatives, professionals and local and international pageants, beauty and fashion experts. Applications are currently open, and the pageant seeks young women between 18-26 years old who are of great physical health, and possess the passion, drive and determination to showcase Guyana’s rich culture and tourism. Applicants can sign up via the “Sign Up” button on the Miss Guyana Culture Queen Facebook page, or via the link provided on the @missguyanaculturequeen Instagram platform.
The application deadline is February 28, 2020.
ABOUT THE PAGEANT
The Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant is held annually in celebration of the Nevis Culturama Festival. The idea of Culturama was conceived in February 1974, during a meeting of the Nevis Dramatic and Cultural Society (NEDACS). The main point discussed during this meeting was the general decline in the customary folklore troupes on parade during the then Christmas Festival. It was felt that much of the customary indigenous Christmas traditions and activities were dying, and that there was an urgent need to revive these traditions, so that they can be handed down from generation to generation, thereby ensuring the posterity of Nevis’ rich cultural heritage. The Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant was added to the Culturama calendar in 2006 for the first time, and it has given Culturama some regional recognition, because it has received participation from up to 10 different regional countries.