Josephina Nunez Crowned Miss British Virgin Islands 2009

Twenty one year old Josephina Nunez was crowned Miss BVI at 1:10am this morning at the Multi Purpose Complex.

Miss Nunez who had the crowd on her side from the time she entered the stage, also copped five other prizes.

Josephina Nunez, 21, Mauritza Benjamin, 24, Enya Douglas, 19, Jasmine Perez, 20, Jenifer France, 27, and 20 year old Laurell Harrigan were the contestants for this year’s pageant.

Jasmine Perez captured the first runner spot while second runner up went to Enya Douglas.

The contestants were judged on introduction/platform speech, swimwear, cultural dress, talent, evening wear, and question and answer segment among others.

Miss Congeniality went to Jenifer France, Miss Photogenic - Enya Douglas, Miss Popularity - Josephina Nunez, Miss Poised - Josephina Nunez, Intellect - Jasmine Perez, Cultural Dress - Josephina Nunez, Best Talent - Josephina Nunez and Best Evening Wear - Josephina Nunez.

Contestants were asked one question - You have been asked to assist with a public awareness campaign to promote the concept going green. What messages would you include your campaign?

The new queen in her answer said she will encourage both young and old to educate themselves more about the effects of not going green and that she will work with the media to help facilitate such a process. She also noted in her well and fluent answer that “we need to change the way we incinerate our garbage, we need to go green.”

Following the pageant, Miss BVI 2009 will be inducted into ambassadorship to represent the Territory at local, regional and international events.

Last year’s queen Ms. Maquita Richards took her last walk as queen and in her farewell speech pointed out that it was a challenging, but worthy year for her. She thanked everyone that kept her ‘sane’ throughout the year. “Although I was faced with many challenging times, tonight I focus on the positives…Being your queen would be an experience I will always remember.”

At the show which was flawless, there were several performances by WAGAN, MBJ from New Life Baptiste Choir, Monet and Roger among others. There was also a dance by past queens.

The show which was sophisticated and powerful and indeed showcased the contestants’ competitive skills, beauty, talent and intellect and was hosted by Rachel Price and Trefor Grant.

Meanwhile, there were some issues with certain sections of the crowd who laughed at some of the contestants who merely stuttered while giving their answers to the question segment.

The Miss BVI Committee which was chaired by Mrs. Alicia Green and co-chaired by Ms. Lynette Harrigan aims to promote positive development and self-esteem in the young women of the BVI ages 17-27 by empowering them to expand their horizons. Prior to the pageant, contestants took part in a series of workshops, rehearsals, cultural/enrichment events, community services, as well as a personal interview reception.

Miss British Virgin Islands 2009 Candidates


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