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Dec 9, 2016

Belize’s Rebecca Rath On the Road to Miss Universe

Rebecca Rath

The road to the Miss Universe Pageant to be held in the Philippines started in September for Rebecca Rath. Known as Bex, the twenty-three-year-old beauty from Dangriga, has been preparing arduously to compete in the pageant to be held in Manila, against over a hundred other beauties from all over the world. She is talented, well-spoken, gorgeous and determined to place Belize on the map. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

On September tenth, the journey to the Miss Universe Pageant 2016 began for twenty-three-year-old Rebecca Rath. The Belizean beauty ambassador captured the title after several exciting rounds of competition at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. But the win was only the start of the challenge to make the cut at least to the top fifteen in the international pageant. With that ambition and drive, Bex, as she is affectionately known, got down to work – pageant training, staying physically fit as well as working on the many presentations with her team got underway.

 

Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize Universe

“It’s a lot of work; I had to change my entire lifestyle. I mean it is a mindset that you have to get into and you got to stick with it until the pageant. So it’s been working on my body, working on my speech, working on world issue. just being able to be educated and knowledgeable of what’s going on in the world because you never know what they’ll ask you out there. So it is a lot of work, but I am enjoying it. Yes, I’m at the gym…of course I have to go to the gym twice a day—a healthy diet, healthy eating….but a lot of it has to do with your mind as well. So you gotta always make sure that you are rested and you are positive. You can’t have any negative thoughts; you just gotta do what you gotta do. (Chuckles)”

 

Even before winning the title, Bex worked with children in the Culture Capital; she mentors underprivileged kids and coached the female volleyball team. She’s also been an ambassador for tourism and female sports. Rath just recently completed a school tour and continues to advocate for children.

 

Rebecca Rath

“My favorite part of being Miss Belize is being able to go and visit the kids. Right now I am at the Belize Bank Christmas party that they are having and being able to see the kids faces light up and that they look up to you and they are excited about it. I enjoy it because I get to see that they have someone to look up to; they get motivated by something and then you get to be a part of something special for them. So that’s my favorite part.”

 

Annually, twenty-four participating countries in the pageant are featured by the Miss Universe franchise because the delegates of those respective countries are considered frontrunners in the pageant. Several weeks ago, a crew visited with Rath, who gave them a tour of Belize, bringing the spotlight on the country.

 

Rebecca Rath

“I am doing this for Belize…I am not doing it for myself, well maybe a little bit for myself. But I am representing where I come from and what Belize has to offer. So I was glad that they came and I got to show them a little bit about Belize. We took them to the zoo, the cayes, the waterfalls and so they got a little taste of everything that Belize had.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Belize’s best finish came from Sarita Acosta, who in 1979 placed in the top twelve.

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