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Kassandra Malone will be poised & ready for Miss World - Damion Grange

Miss World BVI franchise holder, Damion Grange (right) described Miss World BVI representative, Kertis Kassandra Malone, 21, as being poised and ready to challenge for the Miss World Crown in September 2013. Photo: VINO
Keris Kassandra Malone said she was very excited about the opportunity and was eager to do her best at the upcoming Miss World Pageant in Indonesia. Photo: VINO
Keris Kassandra Malone said she was very excited about the opportunity and was eager to do her best at the upcoming Miss World Pageant in Indonesia. Photo: VINO
Mr Damion Grange said there is a lot of personal growth to be derived from participating in such pageants as Miss World and he hoped the community could understand that the initiative to re-introduce the Miss World BVI Pageant is a positive one that can only have a positive impact for both the Territory and the participants. Photo: VINO
Mr Damion Grange said there is a lot of personal growth to be derived from participating in such pageants as Miss World and he hoped the community could understand that the initiative to re-introduce the Miss World BVI Pageant is a positive one that can only have a positive impact for both the Territory and the participants. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Stirred by a close experience with pageantry and a quest to accomplish a challenging goal, the Miss World BVI franchise was recently resurrected by a local committee some twelve years after the pageant was last held in the Territory.

The man behind the move, Mr Damion Grange, explained in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online that Kertis Kassandra Malone, 21, was selected from a panel of three young ladies following consultations with the Miss World Organisers in the United Kingdom (UK). Other core members of the Miss World BVI Committee are Mrs Charisse Thomas, Ms Jermaine Baltimore, Mrs Violet Gaul, Mrs Shirley Creque, and Mr Buddha Mather.

Grange related that a selection also done in place of a pageant because of time constraints in securing the franchise and a contract has since been finalised following the approval of Malone’s selection. The selection, which was not a unique situation to the Virgin Islands, followed interviews with three interested candidates.

The franchise holder revealed that a pageant will be held next year to select a representative for the Virgin Islands at the Miss World Pageant.

Selections, he explained, were also done in place of pageants in the US, Jamaica and Guyana among other participating countries. He stressed that the selection committees for the Miss World and Miss Universe franchises were completely different and noted that the Miss World Organisation was very particular in making a distinction between the two.

The committee pointed out in an earlier press release that the Miss World pageant attracts more viewers than the NFL Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup. "Due to its astonishing ratings of approximately 2 billion viewers annually, Miss World reportedly was identified as drawing the most hits to its website in 2012. Its success has opened the doors for many Caribbean islands, including our neighboring US Virgin Islands, to capitalize on promoting the diversity in culture and tourism opportunities throughout the region," the committee had stated.

Kassandra was selected based on her previous success in the pageantry arena and her overwhelming talent as a singer which she felt confident would bode her well in representing the Territory. “I am very excited, very excited to venture out and just go out there and do my best,” Kassandra said.

“Every opportunity we get to put the BVI out there, I think is another opportunity to sell us and to promote our culture,” Grange expressed, “get the world to know more about us, especially now that we are making a concerted effort to promote tourism.”

In explaining the necessity of pageants such as Miss World in a local context, Grange said he felt persons sometimes misunderstood the positive impact that pageants can have on not only the winner of the global competition, but also all entrants. “If you look at people who have gone through pageants, you would see a remarkable transformation in terms of their demeanour, how they greet people, how they deal with people [and their] self-esteem [is] improved,” he said.

He also said there is also a lot of personal growth to be derived from participating in such pageants and he hoped the community could understand that the initiative to re-introduce the pageant is a positive one that can only have a positive impact for both the Territory and the participants.

“I believe that it is a transforming experience, but ultimately I think that it will only reap great benefits for the BVI,” Grange expressed.

The Miss World BVI organisation has adopted the local autism centre as part of its compliance with the Miss World organisation’s ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ programme. There is a stipulation that candidates must contribute to a local charity within their home country and Kassandra is also involved in working with the Save the Seed Centre in addition to this.

Grange described Malone as being poised, well-mannered, humble and very personable and said with the training from the committee she would be more than prepared to represent the Territory. “I think she will do us well, I think she would do a good job at making us proud,” Grange related.

The Territory was represented in the past by Marjorie Penn (1991) among others over the years in the Miss World Pageant. The 63rd Annual Miss World Pageant will be held in Sentul, Indonesia on September 28, 2013 and is expected to field representatives from more than 130 countries.

24 Responses to “Kassandra Malone will be poised & ready for Miss World - Damion Grange”

  • question (22/07/2013, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    what happen to the miss bvi strupps
    • Pageantry (22/07/2013, 14:41) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Miss B.V.I. cannot go to Miss World and Ms. Universe at the same time. Since she will be representing us in Ms. Universe, she cannot go to Miss World.
    • Strupess (22/07/2013, 14:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      What part of the franchise having nothing to do with The Ms. BVI Franchise dont you understand? Ms. BVI Is currently apart of another franchise and therefore cannot represent the B.V.I at Ms. World.
  • goerge (22/07/2013, 14:03) Like (8) Dislike (22) Reply
    I have no faith in him already as his pick is unfair and self serving
  • Jamdown (22/07/2013, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    he could have sued an first runner up this is so crazy boss
  • Yes (22/07/2013, 14:30) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    "Our culture"? Damion, don't forget where YOU'RE from. Although it's still worrisome that the committee was so "secretive" during the selection process, Cassandra is GORG! and I wish her all the best!
  • Sin Cara (22/07/2013, 15:35) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    WAIT this the KASANDRA MALONE evreybody bawling bout! My homegirl K____ lawdy I aint goin put up your REAL name HA! THIS IS A HELL OF A CHOICE! Sorry to say but THIS IS AN EDUCATED CHOICE! Sorry but Grange and them KNOW physically talented people and Ms. MALONE IS AN OUTSTANDING CHOICE AND VERY EASY ON THE EYES EVEN DREAMY so ayo could say what you all want.
  • . (22/07/2013, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The lord doesn't like ugly so aryo go ahead.
  • Look Me (22/07/2013, 16:05) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    i think they should have a show and give person the chance to show case them self and the winner will go
    but what we could do, now when is time to have an actual show ppl well be thinking twice
  • girl power (22/07/2013, 17:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    what wrong with the girl????
  • patience (22/07/2013, 19:29) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply

    The BVI has gone to a new low. Look a Jamaican telling us locals who should represent us international...you locals are f**ls deman

    • whatswrongwithyou (22/07/2013, 20:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Read the article, 12 yrs and noone else could produce any miss world and now yall crying. Really bvi? Nobody got time for that!
    • talk dat (23/07/2013, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I take it that our culture is preventing our rebirth.
  • ann (22/07/2013, 19:42) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dictatorship?

    • whatswrongwithyou (22/07/2013, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Anne, please post an argument, not just random comments, nobody got time for that
  • voter (23/07/2013, 07:44) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply

    So someone tell me how this man have the BVI francise. Wellsa!

  • @voter (23/07/2013, 11:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You had 12 years to meet the criteria, including getting the necessary funds -- why didn't you? Regardless of who holds the franchise, the candidate being put forward is a Virgin Islander who will do her best to represent the Virgin Islands. Just for once, can't we find something positive to say? We have so much to say about how outsiders treat us, but we do such a good job cannibalizing ourselves that we really don't need any outside help!
  • nonsense (24/07/2013, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    I understand that Ms. BVI cannot go to Ms. World and Ms. Universe at the same time, but what happen to the runner up for Ms. BVI. She should be the one going. Right is right and wrong is wrong. I do not have anything personal against this young lady but she should not have accepted this. Unless the first runner up refused to go or cannot go I am ashamed of the committee for making such wrong decision. I do not know the details so I will not judge. Plus who crowns someone to send them to a show? They should have keep a show locally to determine who will represent the BVI.
  • Kershy (25/07/2013, 08:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow, most of u sound sooooo ungrateful and ignorant. Maybe you need to re-read the article. MISS WORLD AND MISS UNIVERSE are two DIFFERENT things!!! Meaning one girl represents BVI at Miss Universe and a totally different girl represents BVI at Miss World. Also, if this is your attitude toward outsiders (Damion Grange) then no more talented, creative people should venture into your region to assist y'all in putting your region on the map. Remember, "treat people like how you wish to be treated"- your days are coming. You will reap whatever you sow. All some of you can do is hate, because your lives are unfulfilled. Don't be jealous of others, give credit when it's due. Stop giving people things to say about the bad attitudes of those who hail from the BVI. If u have nothing good to say, shut up!
  • Perplex (26/07/2013, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr Grange you cannot serve God and mamon you cannot have one foot in and one foot out tis time you get back in church. Open your eyes tis all a trick of the devil boy WAKE UP


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