Feano Richards crowned Miss Bartica Regatta
Kaieteur News – March 25, 2008
By Mondale Smith
On Sunday night after keen competition between nine beauties, 23-year-old Feano Richards, of Mongrippa Hill, was crowned Miss Bartica Regatta 2008, at the Cool Breeze Deck. She also won the special prize for Best Body in a Swimsuit.
The prizes won by the sales representative, who is attached to the WK Shopping Mall, include a Dell Laptop Computer from the Ministry of Tourism.
The new Miss Bartica Regatta said that the feeling of being crowned queen was “marvelous” and that she felt like a celebrity. Though not an outright favourite in the beginning, the former student of Bartica Secondary School whose platform was Sexual Offences, was adamant that no one man, woman or child should be subjected to such violation of the law.
When quizzed on pageant night she stressed that a sexual offence is a serious violation of the law, which involves discrimination, harassment, abuse or non consensual sexual relations, and should not be condoned anywhere in the Guyana.
Richards quite possibly sealed the deal over her closest competitor, Cianna Persaud, when she selected accomplished international designer, Bartician Sonia Noel (Chief Judge), as the person she would emulate, “because I love designing; I love to be stylish and I love her designs. I aspire to be like her one day.”
After winning the crown she told this publication that she was not 100 percent sure of being crowned because she saw Persaud and Angelique De Santos as formidable challengers, capable of pulling it off. She opined that all the girls deserved to be celebrated for making the pageant the success it was.
The third of eight siblings parented by Marlyn John and Winston Richards, the new Queen said that it was quite likely that she will enter other pageants.
Richards took the time to offer words of encouragement to hopeful delegates. “Be confident, ignore negative comments and most importantly be you all the time.”
Prior to winning the crown, Richards said she had placed third in the Miss Bartica Town Day Pageant 2003, and was a participant in the Miss Bartica Regatta 2006 pageant but failed to place.
As has been the case since her entry into pageantry she designed her evening gown.
Miss Millennium Speed Boat Services, Cianna Richards, 22, a tourism information officer in the Regional Democratic Office (Reg.7), copped the runner-up spot. The Third Avenue, Bartica resident first wowed the crowd with her Latino dance routine then thrilled with a presentation on tourism development in Bartica.
Some opined that the crown could have gone any which way.
Angelique De Santos, 17, was the crowd favourite from the introduction segment and continued in that vain with her delivery on Global Warming as well as her talent by singing ‘When you believe.’
But she stumbled in the intelligence segment, much to the disappointment of her supporters. In the end she was awarded third spot.
Some felt that her dynamic stage personality was most commendable and noted that with training she could become an excellent candidate for the Miss Guyana Talented Teen Pageant.
Anandae Pestano, who copped the Best Talent prize for her dramatic presentation of “Applied method” was fourth. Rosalie Perreira won the Best Gown prize while Naomi Chand was the most Congenial of the bevy of beauties.
The pageant staging began as an added main featured attraction to the Regatta more than 30 years ago. However, Sunday’s staging was the first in twelve years to feature all delegates from Bartica and Region Seven.
The 2007 Miss Bartica Regatta Queen, Christa Simmons, was not on hand to crown the queen as she is in China representing Guyana at the Miss Tourism International pageant.
Opposition leader Robert Corbin and Regional Chairman Holbert Knights crowned and sashed the queen.
The pageant was coordinated by former Miss Bartica Regatta, Sonje Marslowe. The other delegates in the pageant were Naomi Chan, Nifellie Joris, Agnes Paul and Waynette Adrian.