Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.48 - Miss Barbados World 2011

Barbados is an island in the Lesser Antilles. It has an area of 431 square kilometers and is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, 100 kilometers east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Barbados was initially visited by the Spanish around the late 1400s to early 1500s. The Portuguese visited in 1536 but they too left it unclaimed. The first English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625. They took possession of the island and became an English and later British colony. Barbados has an estimated population of 284,589 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is one of the most developed islands in the region. Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles. It is flat in comparison to its island neighbors to the west, the Windward Islands. The island rises gently to the central highland region, with the highpoint of the nation being Mount Hillaby, in the Scotland District, 340 meters above sea level. In the parish of Saint Michael lies Barbados' capital and main city, Bridgetown. Other major towns scattered across the island include Holetown, in the parish of Saint James; Oistins, in the parish of Christ Church; and Speightstown, in the parish of Saint Peter. Historically, the economy of Barbados had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s it has diversified into the manufacturing and tourism sectors. Offshore finance and information services have become important foreign exchange earners, and there is a healthy light manufacturing sector. Barbados has numerous internationally known hotels. The southern and western coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light blue Caribbean Sea and their white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island's east coast, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, there are tumbling waves which are perfect for light surfing. Barbados is one of the premier tourist destinations in the Caribbean. The island debuted in Miss World 1974 and reached the semifinals in 1974 and in 2008. This year Taisha Shaddai Carrington, Miss Barbados World 2011, will represent the island paradise in London.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Taisha Shaddai Carrington, Miss Barbados World 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I'm am an 18 year old Barbadian woman who strives to use my talent, beauty, and knowledge to better my country, those in need and myself. I find the greatest joy in making others proud, but with the lighthearted spirit of a teenage island girl, I still love to relax and laugh with friends!

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Barbados is a small island usually categorized as Caribbean, but is actually located east of the Caribbean. It is rich in history, once known as Little England, and known for its strong culture and unique accent. Barbados maintains an island life feel yet has a high standard of living, and is the birthplace and second home to many of the rich and famous.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Being the one person to represent my country at Miss World is a childhood dream come true, it means that their pride lies in my hands and I will do all I can to make them proud.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
If I chose a song to describe myself, it would be Beyoncé's I was Here. It’s empowering and it’s about making a difference and leaving a legacy, something I wish to do.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
A typical day is usually busy preparing for Miss World and fulfilling duties as Miss Barbados World, but usually at night I spend time talking to my family and playing with my puppies before I go through my nightly beauty regiment then off to bed.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself in the height of developing my own business as an architect and interior designer while preparing a home for my family, and being a motivational speaker.

7. Which well-known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire our late Prime Minister David Thompson, because he possessed some of the greatest leadership qualities, while being humble and was an example of how following your dream will take you anywhere, he was truly an inspiration.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
If I had to choose another country to live in I would choose England for its wider range of educational institutions in the area I wish to study, and its diverse mix of cultures similar to Barbados.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
I am against the use of nuclear energy as it is harmful to both humans and our environment, the price of oil and its limited supply is taken into consideration, but in my opinion, our health is more important. Other methods of gaining energy, such as solar and biofuels can be used to reduce the dependency on oil.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
In my opinion, discrimination is the worst form of prejudice. It creates huge separations in our societies as it manifests itself in many different forms such as religious discrimination, racism, sexism and even in the work place.

11. What are your duties as Miss Barbados World?
My duties as Miss Barbados World are to be an ambassador for my country no matter where I am, and to create a successful charity to help children in need.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
I think it allows the people of her country to get to know her and feel connected to her by being able to follow her daily life. It gives her a chance to interact with and meet new people anytime. But most significantly it allows her to go beyond her countries shorelines.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
To be a human being means to care for something and devote yourself to anything you feel passionately about, unfortunately, sometimes negative. It means to live the way you choose as the most superior species on Earth.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to make a difference in the lives of people and to use my art as a voice.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
To all my supporters and readers of Times of Beauty, I hope that you feel more connected to me and continue to follow and support me throughout my journey. Even though I may not know each individual it is so rewarding to know you support me, thank you. This is an experience beyond words and one of my biggest dreams.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Determination seldom fails
Personal Goal: To change lives for the better
Personal Dream Destination: Italy
Favorite Food: Sweet potato pie and chicken
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Song: To many favorite songs!
Favorite Movie: Saw (all parts)
Favorite Book: 'Understanding Physics' (I prefer educational material to novels)
Favorite Singer/Band: Mike Posner
Favorite Hobby: Art
Favorite Sport: Cricket

Leah Marville, National Director of Miss World in Barbados
Tashida Cox
, Press/Media Miss Barbados World
Taisha Shaddai Carrington
, Miss Barbados World 2011

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