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Apr 15, 2019

Casting Call Gets Underway of the Next Miss Universe Belize

Casting call for the next Miss Belize got underway this weekend and will continue online. While beauty is an integral part, the Miss Universe Belize Director says inner confidence is huge in the selection of the new Miss Belize. Duane Moody was the Bliss for the first casting call that attracted a good number of potential delegates. Here is a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

From as early as nine a.m., young Belizean women from across the country and from within the diaspora visited the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts for an opportunity of a lifetime. Casting call for the 2019 Miss Universe Belize pageant got underway as each hopeful would have an interview with a panel of experts to determine if she has what it takes to be a delegate in this year’s pageant.


Romeo Escobar

Romeo Escobar, National Director, Miss Universe Belize

“We are really excited because we did have some really good potential girls come out today. What we want to announce is that after today, we are going to extend the casting call online. So we expect more opportunities for girls to come out and try out for the Miss Belize title. It’s a lot more than just physical beauty and that’s one thing I want to stress. It is a lot more about what’s inside; inner confidence. You have to be confidently beautiful—that’s the slogan of Miss Universe—so that’s what we are looking for. Someone that wants to represent the country and also is confident within herself.”


Back in August of 2018, twenty-seven-year-old Belize City beauty Jenelli Fraser captured the crown after beating out ten other delegates in swimsuit, evening wear and final question. She went on to represent Belize in Bangkok, Thailand in December. Even as she prepared for the international stage, Fraser had several fundraising and humanitarian projects that she organized along with her team in Belize and the U.S. Miss Universe Belize sat on the panel this year and having been in this same position last year, Fraser says that some of the ladies were nervous, but it’s all part of the process.


Jenelli Fraser, Miss Universe Belize 2018

“A couple of the girls were definitely nervous and we could tell. I wanted to squeeze them and tell them it’s okay; there is no need to be nervous. But I can understand the pressure that they are feeling because whoever wins will be representing the entire country and that’s a load on your shoulder. But I am excited to see the turnout; the girls are amazing and I am excited for us to show Belize who will be the next or possible next Miss Universe. For sure I was looking for confidence because it is so important; it sets you apart from the rest of girls. I was also looking for a woman that can speak and tell her story and make it something that we can believe because you need to be able to empathise with the citizens of Belize and the people of the world. So I was looking for that as well. I was looking for that beautiful natural smile, because it is so important; it is engaging and welcoming. And overall just a person who is just as excited as I was to be the next Miss Belize.”


But for whoever is chosen as the next Miss Universe Belize, it is so much more than a beauty pageant.


Jenelli Fraser

Jenelli Fraser

“It’s a lot of hard work, I won’t lie. Even before you win, you have to work to get that crown. And after you win, of course you have to start training internationally—public speaking, walk, posture, presentation, overall presentation. So it is hard work, but I have a lot of trust in the organization that they would do the same that they did for me in the next queen.”


In the next two weeks, the delegates who will compete for the Miss Universe Belize title will be announced. Duane Moody for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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