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Feb 7, 2017

Standard Must Be Adhered to with Rewards

In the weeks leading up to and during the preliminaries of the pageant in Manila, Philippines; Belizeans thrust their full support behind Rath. Thousands participated in online voting on various platforms and apps, posting rave reviews about the beauty ambassador as she represented the Jewel after a ten-year hiatus at the Miss Universe Pageant. But a recent venture by Emil Torres of Caribbean Motors is stirring up controversy around Rath and her performance on the international stage. On Monday, Torres held a radiothon in Dangriga to raise thirty-seven thousand dollars in an effort to gift Rath a 2017 Haval SUV.  Not everyone agrees with this initiative, including Karen Vernon.


Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon, Acting Director, Institute of Creative Arts

“I don’t think the negativity is towards Miss Belize herself. I think it’s towards the person who came up with the idea to do this, to get this vehicle together and wanting Belizeans to help pay for a vehicle for Miss Belize, which I don’t think is fair. It also sets the bar to a certain standard that okay suppose we have Miss Belize next year and she goes and wins, what do we do when she returns? A football team goes and brings back gold medal; what will we do when they return. So you know, Rebecca did well; she didn’t win, she didn’t place in the top thirteen and we give her a vehicle? So where do we set the bar, where are the standards. So that’s my personal take on it and I feel like it is something that we need to look at.”


Duane Moody

“Would you suggest that there be maybe a partnership developed between the Queen of the Jewel franchise and Caribbean Motors where every winner of the Miss Belize Universe pageant would be gifted a vehicle as that would be part of the prize package?”


Karen Vernon

“Yeah, yeah. Definitely, yeah. I think that would work out better because then you’d know that a prize of the Miss Belize package is a vehicle. First of all, we’d get more young ladies vying for the title and then second of all, it would be okay the vehicle is there, so any young Belize woman can go after that if you want to. And it is not set to the standard where if you do well or you don’t do well, you get a vehicle on return.”


Duane Moody

“Have you been able to get any feedback from Rebecca herself as to how she feels about this because it is on Facebook; it almost seems like it is an attack?”

Karen Vernon

“No, I haven’t had a chance to talk with her or her family, but I am sure they know about it because it is on Facebook. And I would think that Rebecca would feel quite uncomfortable with all that is happening and I hope that she would address it on her return.”

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