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Jun 1, 2016

Belize Will Field a Delegate for Miss Universe Pageant

The Miss Universe pageant is the most prestigious in the world. Last year alone, the beauty pageant was viewed on television by more than eight million viewers.  But of the delegates that participate annually in the event, only eighty-six countries send representatives. It’s been almost a decade since Belize has had representation, following a ban imposed by the Miss Universe Franchise due to malpractices under the former management. But in 2010, the Queen of the Jewel organization, headed by three Belizean professionals, sought to change the status quo. Today, along with the National Institute of Culture and History, the Belize Tourism Board and other partner agencies, the announcement was made that Belize will field a delegate for the Miss Universe Pageant later this year.


Orson Elrington, Marketing Director, Queen of the Jewel

“This is the culmination of a six year journey of the Queen of the Jewel company, which is a company we started more than six years ago. The partners are myself, Opal Enriquez and Mister Renaldo Malic and we undertook a mission to do exactly this; to bring back the Miss Universe franchise to Belize. So we are proud that we are here today and that we can say that after the six year journey that we have once again retained the prestigious Miss Universe franchise.”


Opal Enriquez

Opal Enriquez, Director/Pageant Coordinator, Queen of the Jewel

“This is a very big day, not just for us as a company and the reward for our hard work, but also for all the young ladies in Belize who have wanted this opportunity for so many years. The last pageant we did was in 2012/2013 and since then we basically shut down shop because it was difficult for me as a pageant coordinator to look another young lady in the face and ask her to compete for the Miss Belize title without being able to tell her yes, you will be going back to Miss Universe.”


Orson Elrington

Orson Elrington

“We would not have been here without the help of our key partners, which NICH is one of them and I much say a slight addition to what Miss Karen said we have had the Miss Belize title exclusively for some years now. So it is an MOU we have with NICH. In our bid for the Miss Universe franchise we’ve enlisted the assistance and have brought on B.T.B. as a primary partner in this venture because one of our primary objectives is to highlight Belize and all that Belize has to offer.”

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