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Miss BVI hopefuls complete unimpressive interview segment

- following promotional presentations & business wear segments
The six contestants on stage. Ciara M. Christian, Adorya R. Baly, Michelle Parsons, Ashellica Fahie, Helena Hewlett and Dominique A. M. Maloney. Photo: VINO
Helena Hewlett in her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Helena Hewlett in her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Michelle Parsons during her interview. Photo: VINO
Michelle Parsons during her interview. Photo: VINO
Ashellica Fahie during her interview. Photo: VINO
Ashellica Fahie during her interview. Photo: VINO
Ciara M. Christian during her business wear segment. Photo: VINO
Ciara M. Christian during her business wear segment. Photo: VINO
Host of the evening's proceedings Suzanne Rhymer. Photo: VINO
Host of the evening's proceedings Suzanne Rhymer. Photo: VINO
Michelle Parsons during her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Michelle Parsons during her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Adorya R. Baly as local hero Noel Lloyd during her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Adorya R. Baly as local hero Noel Lloyd during her promotional presentation. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2014 Jaynene Jno-Lewis on stage in a chat with the host. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2014 Jaynene Jno-Lewis on stage in a chat with the host. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - These days beauty pageants are less about beauty and more about standing for a social cause and representing one's country on a regional and international stage.

However, were one to have been in the audience of the Miss BVI 2015 Promotional and Interviewing segment last night July 30, 2015, one couldn't help but be concerned as candidates, maybe due to nervousness, bungled responses and used the gift of language in a less than impressive fashion.

As this news site does not want to appear biased, we will not point to any single contestant as having unsatisfactory answers to three relatively non complicated and current affairs themed questions asked of them as part of the competition.

All of the candidates were asked the same three questions while the others remained sequestered and could not hear what was being asked.

The contestants for the Miss BVI 2015 competition are Ciara M. Christian, Adorya R. Baly, Michelle Parsons, Ashellica Fahie, Helena Hewlett and Dominique A. M. Maloney.

Unimpressive responses

Some of the candidates struggled with the cohesiveness of their responses, the relevance of the answers to the questions asked, subject and verb errors and a plethora of other language sins, not expected at such a high level of competition.

Host of the show, Suzanne Rhymer, daughter of Virgin Islands icon businesswoman and Festival 2015 honouree Patsy C. Lake, was engaging as a host of such an event was expected to be. She was lively, witty and humorous in a self-effacing manner with a measure of appropriateness that was well suited for the occasion.

Earlier in the night, the girls presented their promotional pitch of the Virgin Islands, in most cases highlighting some aspect of the territory's deep rooted cultural heritage. Following this segment, the girls came out to showcase their business-wear.

The most pivotal portion of the night clearly was the interview segment. Rhymer first got the contestants confortable by asking them some light but pertinent questions about themselves and the competition. Assuring the contestants that they were free to ask her to repeat the questions at any time, Rhymer then posed her three questions to each of the contestants.

The first asked what avenues the Virgin Islands can explore to become more environmentally conscious as the world-wide trend was moving towards renewable energy. The second asked what benefits to tourism would an expanded Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport have on the territory's tourism and the third asked what the newly accredited H. Lavity Stoutt Community College meant for education in the territory.

While some of the responses drew applauses from the audience, others drew sighs and groans with the occasional heckling.

All of the scores of last night’s segment will be added to the final tally together with what votes come in through text message for the final leg of the competition on Sunday August 2, 2015 when the new Miss BVI 2015 will be crowned.

49 Responses to “Miss BVI hopefuls complete unimpressive interview segment”

  • ann (31/07/2015, 08:47) Like (10) Dislike (22) Reply
    Not too impress with some of deeds ladies
    • wth (31/07/2015, 09:02) Like (46) Dislike (3) Reply
      "Deeds"? Really?
    • Guest (31/07/2015, 12:33) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did I not give you lines to write before...again, it is "these", "these", "these", and not "deeds". That will be 100 more lines for you.
  • Queen (31/07/2015, 09:19) Like (65) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is much speculation about the manner in which the contenders presented themselves but the promo within itself was rather disappointing. It appears from the looks of things that the contestants, though they obviously tried their very best, had very little time to prepare. The 3 questions were of current and very critical issues that will indeed affect the BVI and as a Territory (not Country) one of them will be our ambassador on the International Stage and it is a scary thought that they are not abreast about current affairs. Having a pretty face, poised and even very eloquent language does not mean one is simply Qualified to represent one's territory. The Committee should seriously rather than simply selecting individuals at whim, interview them as if for an actual job before they are eligible to compete or we will forever not be noticed on the International stage. I must applaud them though, they were all very pretty and tried their best.
    • yes (31/07/2015, 09:42) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was saying this same thing the other day. An interview before hand is needed. The only problem I see with that though, is there might not be enough girls coming forward in the first place for this to be done.
  • bee (31/07/2015, 09:40) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bring back the girls from last year! These girls were disappointing to say the least. And the ones who boast about 3.7 and 4.0 GPA from college, I beg the government to get their monies back. It truly was wasted.
    • l (31/07/2015, 14:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Who told you they are on government scholarships?
    • @bee (01/08/2015, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think this whole segment should be removed. This was the worst I have ever seen. The thing that bothers me is that most of those young ladies were in competition before. There were dignitaries who came here for the CPA conference in attendance and I was embarrassed for us. They either need to take out this segment or have someone to teach and train these young ladies on issues that surround us everyday. One shook her head when she was given a complement. If I was a tourist depending on those young ladies to sell me a vaction to the BVI, they all would have failed. Some were very boring, some lacked importation information, some only sold one island and some forgot what they were selling. Oh the agony of that night..I sat with my head held down for the mot part. I still am trying to find out why are they asking question in this segment and still the night of the show?
  • Revamp (31/07/2015, 09:49) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not impressed with anybody on that stage, host included!
    • SMH (31/07/2015, 16:12) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      I myself wasn't impressed at all. I'm not certain what would happen from here moving forward with the requirements for young ladies to compete in this pageant. The host looks like a hot mess. She looks like a woodslave.
      • Guest (31/07/2015, 18:15) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
        Guess if someone said you looked like a gorilla that would be racist. God created her as He so choose.
        • Truth (31/07/2015, 22:25) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
          We ain't make ourselves, that's true. Some of us cute, some not so cute. She kinda harsh on the eyes yes, and always want to be in ting! The whole show needs doing over. It getting real boring. Change it up yes.
          • VG 1 (01/08/2015, 07:43) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
            @ Truth
            What really defines "cute"? God said he made us in his own image. so you fools shut up. Everyone is beautiful in there own way.
            • VG1 Family (01/08/2015, 13:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

              Keep God out of this. There's enough of everything to go around: beauty and ugliness, good and bad! You gonna blame him for the bad? Everybody dont have to agree. 

        • Bird Nest (31/07/2015, 22:34) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
          Who ever hairdresser did that weave at OneStop need firing for true. Say the name mison. Must have been a Filipino, lmao. Oh well, you get what you pay for.
  • tola (31/07/2015, 10:30) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    As a BV Islander I feel so ashamed right now. After reading this article and speaking to one person who attended the show ...I am quite ashamed. If I were any of the girls I would go hide myself now. We need to have a preliminary round in such shows.
  • Ms. P (31/07/2015, 10:45) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Miss BVI shows are not what they use to be in eh days gone bye
  • "L"icopter;delivering Ls to black people daily (31/07/2015, 11:01) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    Another BLACK EYE for us as a region, oh where do we start. VINO you are brave and a very respectable news source trust WE the people enjoy you the most. With that being said since you have to be unbiased and politically correct let me do the ETHERING."STRUGGLED WITH THE COHESIVENESS OF THEIR RESPONSES, THE RELEVANCE OF THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED, SUBJECT AND VERB ERRORS(of course smh) AND APLETHORA OF OTHER LANGUAGE SKILLS. Basically this was CRINGE WORTHY at best, the type of segment that causes you to go home and perform some form of violence to property or individual. So many L BOMBS to drop we don't have the time so every one gets the BIG L. In our opinion MOST IF NOT ALL THE CONTESTANTS WOULD SERVE SOCIETY BEST BY BEING BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT OVER A HOT STOVE. I for one will not waste my money to listen to INCOHERENT BROADS WITH MINIMAL BEAUTY AN EVEN MORE MININIMAL INTELLECT. Majority of the time if you can't speak well you a simp. HOLD THESE Ls DREAD SMH.
  • Guest (31/07/2015, 11:11) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I like MIss Bale and Ms. Hewlett
  • Admirer (31/07/2015, 11:49) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    Miss Maloney should have this by a mile.
  • wize up (31/07/2015, 12:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    other than a tradition; what is the real purpose of this event
  • oh really (31/07/2015, 12:15) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    For god sake it is only a beauty pageant. If it wasn't for the swimwear segment most people wouldn't even turn up to see it. As the penguins of Madagascar would say "just smile and wave".
    • chupes (31/07/2015, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      IF it was only a beauty pageant as you claim it to be, then photogenic would have been worth something but apparently it's not. If you want somebody to represent our island that's just based off of beauty and can't hold a proper conversation much less answer a question directly then we would have tons of people running every year including yourself I'm guessing
    • bee (31/07/2015, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i went the other night for swimwear??? how did I miss that segment in the whole 3 hours i was there?
  • Xxx (31/07/2015, 12:34) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

    Contestant number !@%3*@ is a clown

  • VG (31/07/2015, 12:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    TEAM CICI !
  • pat (31/07/2015, 14:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    May the best hirl win
  • cici fan (31/07/2015, 15:46) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Cici really impressed me with her intelect, not knowing her. i think she is fit for a queen. Hewlett seems pretty strong too and Baly has brains like Cici too. Best luck to all ladies! Have fun!
    • Hmmm (31/07/2015, 20:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You must have been to a different show than me. Bly did not answer her second question!
    • ha (01/08/2015, 12:01) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      We don't need somebody who always fighting over man to represent the BVI :(
  • no surprise (31/07/2015, 18:46) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its no surprise the disappointment of these girls. You have to look at the young ppl today. They coming out of school & can't even speak nor write proper. If you doubt that just take a look at their social media pgs, texts etc or the way they converse verbally. They also live in a country that they have absolutely no clue of its history recent or yrs gone by. Ask them about the latest fashion, rap/dancehall music, who sleeping with who, who girl fighting over who man, who girl they can't stand....boy they will give you a full play by play. Ask them about what's going on with for eg our Tourism they watch you like a deer caught in the headlights.

    Imagine they were abroad being interviewed & they gave the type of responses they did at the promo...the ppl would look at the BVI as a joke & wonder if that's the best we have. Damn shame
  • Hmm (01/08/2015, 00:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    On the same day, we had young parliamentarians putting on an incredible exhibition of intellect and substance , we have young women who can't answer why accreditation of hlscc is important or what avenues we can explore to be more environmentally conscious.Shameful ! Yet this has 30+ comments and the other article has only 10.
  • Voter Too (01/08/2015, 10:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is also important is not only the selection of girls but the time period allotted for the preparation for the show.Just as the festival finishes a selection must be adhered to. Also the first and second runners up be given a greater chance to represent thee territory locally and overseas. The calypsonians should be given a fair chance to represent also. Calypso Show has lost its substance it needs revamping and careful looking into. It is our festival and we need to make it of high standard
  • please (01/08/2015, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a cultural event. Over 20 years ago before I came here I listened to the Queen contestants and it was the broken English in a skit that caught my attention and I fell in love with the BVI. They can be encouraged to practice and improve the grammar but we need to big up all of them. Have a safe Festival everyone
  • Help (01/08/2015, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please whenever we are preparing for segments like this we definitely need to practice the girls or give a spontaneous pretest before choosing them for the show. One love people. I am proud of all of the girls because they chose to represent us so I am grateful.
  • Really Now (01/08/2015, 17:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are the product of the infamous "good to great program".
    And we complain that businesses hire from abroad...Would you hire any of these females ? Disgraceful!!!
    • Ghost (01/08/2015, 22:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm pretty sure the 'Leh we do dis ting" or "Do duh right ting" products won't be much better. The problem seems to be that these young ladies don't read or pay attention to what's going on in the BVI and the world at large. Had they been current, those questions would have been easy to answer. Are their chaperons encouraging them to read books and the news? To read academic articles? It doesn't seem so. Miss BVI goes to Miss Universe, which expects these things from their winner. We will never produce a potential winner for that show as long as we have girls who don't bother to broaden themselves.
      • please (03/08/2015, 17:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        These are grown ash women. Either they are readers,observers or aware of the world in which they live. If they require lectures about common sense then they need to be kind enough to leave well enough alone and stay in their place of semidarkness.
  • Change is needed (02/08/2015, 06:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire process needs to be revamped, from the top down. If the people who are in charge of running the Festival are not up to par we will continue to attract and accept young women who are on that level. There seems to be no real criteria for selection of the candidates, resulting in people who have no clue what is going on. They cannot compete on the local level and they certainly cannot compete on an international level. As for preparation - they need to be planning and preparing themselves from at least a year before they compete and not complaining about the lack of time to prepare. If you are on top of current events, local/world issues you don't need time to prepare as it is a way of life, rather than just for a competition. As for grammar - well that is another story and seriously lacking in the younger generation. If we accept mediocrity we will continue to receive mediocrity.
  • NEWS BREAK (02/08/2015, 15:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
    Maybe the Carnival Committee needs to rethink the selection of the HOST as well as the committee that puts this segment together. I also like the interview suggestion. On a whole this segment should probably be changed to a variety of public activities that forces the contestants to present themselves.

    The first presentation should probably be JUST FOR SCREENING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR ENTERING THE COMPETITION. As an educator, I believe in QUALITY! QUALITY should out-weigh POPULARITY AND BEAUTY in everyway!

    REMEMBER THAT IN ALL OF THIS OUR TERRITORY'S IMAGE IS AT STAKE!
    • Break It Up (02/08/2015, 17:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I second that motion. The entire thing needs an overhaul, and I hope the people in charge are taking note. Pure nonsense.
  • LOL (02/08/2015, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    And this...my fellow people..is what election has produced....festival ain't the same no more ..
  • Truth (03/08/2015, 11:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rigged from start to finish. Improper organisation, conflicts of interest, no class - no decent young woman should consider associating with this activity. Like everything else in the BVI poor replication of how things should be.


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