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Apr 18, 2018

New Organization, New Opportunities for Pageant

Romeo Escobar

It is well known that the pageant has been mired in scandals. It took almost a decade before the ban was lifted from Belize, allowing a delegate in the international competition. In 2016, southern belle Rebecca Rath was crowned Miss Belize and competed in the January 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in Manila, Philippines. But even after that successful run, controversy and infighting among the directors of the franchise caused another hiccup and Belize was not able to participate December 2017 pageant.  Escobar clarified that this organization is not to be mistaken with Queen of the Jewel and the previous Miss Belize competition.


Duane Moody

“There are a lot of women out there, young ladies out there that fear that it is just going to be the same thing that we’ve seen in the past, all the scandals and everything…that they don’t want to be caught up in this. What would you have to say to them?”


Romeo Escobar, National Director, Miss Universe Belize Organization

“We are a brand new organization; we are not tied to any previous organizations that have had pageants here in Belize; we are brand new. We are working very closely with the Miss Universe Organization in New York to ensure that things are done differently this time; in a more honest, in a more transparent way. For the first time ever, the new Miss Universe Belize will be taken to Los Angeles for two whole weeks not only to prepare for Miss Universe, but she will be walking red carpet events for Hollywood premieres, she will be doing media rounds in the United States which has never been done before.”


Duane Moody

“I believe back in 2016, a contract was signed between the previous organization, I believe it’s Queen of the Jewel and NICH in terms of being able to use the title Miss Belize Universe for their crowned queen. What of that title, because as far as I understand it was a five-year-contract that was signed with them? Is there two different Miss Belize Universe?”


Romeo Escobar

“Only the new Miss Universe Belize organization has the right to use the title Universe with our title. So only our winner will have the responsibility of representing us at Miss Universe pageant and carrying the title of Miss Universe Belize.”

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