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Jan 3, 2017

“Miss Belize” Departs for Philippines – Rebecca Rath Considered a Favourite

There’s some good news to report tonight amid all the crime…With the Miss Universe 2017 pageant just weeks away in Philippines, Rebecca Rath, our Miss Belize, left earlier today to continue preparing in the United States before heading out to Manila, where the competition will be held. Rath has been a favorite among the delegates on several pageant websites, which have been featuring her prominently as a potential semifinalist. The Miss Universe camera crew also visited with Rath in early December.  Before departing from the Phillip Goldson International Airport, Rath spoke of how excited and confident she feels with all the hard work she has undertaken in anticipation of the international pageant.

 

Rebecca Rath

Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize Universe

“I’ve been starting my preparation since I won Miss Belize, it’s been getting my mind right, my body, wardrobe, everything I need to get done and the day is finally here. In the states, I’m going to be doing my final touches on my evening gown and my wardrobe, and just a few more makeup and hair lessons just to make sure that when I get there I’m fully prepared because Belize is coming for the kill this year.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are you anticipating going there in the next couple of weeks?”

 

Rebecca Rath

“Well it’s a competition, so of course a lot of girls who want to be Miss Universe just like me, so I’m going in there expecting it to be a tough competition; but, so far I’m not intimidated or not nervous at all so I’m hoping that when I get there I’ll be able to make friends with the girls, get to know everybody, and then the tension will kind of ease up a little bit but I’m very excited.”

 

Reporter

“Rebecca, tell me what was the preparation like? Was there anything difficult about the preparation, anything you weren’t expecting?”

 

Rebecca Rath

“We’re in heels 24/7, that was the toughest part for me. But I don’t think anything was too tough, I made a lot of friends and some great relationships along this road and I feel very prepared for Manila. I already have a lot of pressure I feel like because I feel like all of Belize is rooting for me so that’s pressure in itself. But the fact that they placed me in the top fifteen – that’s an unbelievable feeling to know that they are already noticing a Miss Belize after so many years and so I’m very excited to get there and deliver what they are expecting to see, so it’s a lot of pressure but it’s unbelievably exciting. I have a great team behind me and so many talented Belizeans have come out and shown their support. I have David Matos and Roberto who have made the most beautiful costume for me; I am so excited for everyone to see it. And then Julie Mango has contributed tremendously to my wardrobe, some of my cutest outfits are from her. And I don’t know how to say thank you to those people because without them truly it wouldn’t have been possible.”

 

Duane Moody

“Want to give us a sneak idea of basically of what that costume is going to be?”

 

Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize Universe

“Hmm… let me see, I don’t know if I can do that; but, it’s a bird. I’ll tell you it’s a bird and it’s a big beautiful bird.”

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