Miss Trinidad and Tobago

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Miss Trinidad and Tobago
Formation1954
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersPort of Spain
Location
Membership
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Official language
English
Organization
Miss Trinidad & Tobago
Key people
Peter Elias, Charu Lochan Dass, E.N.R Mohammed
Websitewww.ttmissworld.com

Miss Trinidad and Tobago is a national beauty pageant that has been held annually since 1954. The contest is meant to select a suitable delegate from the twin island republic, to compete in the Miss World pageant. The nation has one Miss World, Miss World 1986, Giselle Laronde.

History

Miss Trinidad and Tobago registered trademark started in 1954 exclusively for Miss World. The first Miss Trinidad and Tobago contest started in 1954 where the eventual winner, Seeta Indranie Mahabir represented the British Commonwealth country at the fourth edition of the contest. Trinidad and Tobago have never withdrawn from the Miss World contest since the 70's. It is the only international contest (Miss World) that they have been consistent in sending a representative to. The Miss World brand is the most established pageant brand in the country. According to Google trends, T&T is ranked 4th as per most searches for Miss World. The British High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago (1950's to 1970's) were responsible for sending Miss Trinidad and Tobago winner to Miss World. Then in 1979, they gave the rights to local socialite and businesswoman, Kim Sabeeny. Kim Sabeeny died in 1999. Peter Elias then took over the franchise with Trinidad and Tobago first Miss World, Giselle Laronde. Peter Elias resigned after Gabrielle Walcott placed 2nd runner-up at the 58th edition of the Miss World contest. He gave the directorship to Micheal Raghunanan and Daniel Seebaran in 2009. In 2013, Athaliah Samuel held the franchise and there was a dispute between the franchise holder and the then-titleholder, Shereece Villafana, who was then stripped of her title by the national franchise holder after competing in Miss World. In 2014, Vanessa Manoo and Nicaraguan Businessman, Gregory Lewin took over the company for the next three years. The current directors of Miss T&T Company are Charu Lochan Dass under the tutelage of Brian Gopaul and Dr. Reiaz Mohammed (Vice National Director) who took over the organisation for Miss Trinidad and Tobago in 2018.

Description

Miss Trinidad and Tobago's mission are to inspire and empower the young women of Trinidad and Tobago to become the best version of themselves.

Official broadcaster

  • TTT, 1962 - 2004
  • Television 4 (TV4), 2005
  • CTV, 2006 – 2012
  • CNC3, 2013 – present

Team Members

The Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Board of Directors for 2018 are:

  • Brian Gopaul - National Franchise Holder
  • Charu Lochan Dass - National Director
  • Dr. Reiaz Mohammed - Co National Pageant Director
  • Sheree Ann Ramsingh - Chief Operating Officer
  • Jevon King - Dep. Chief Operating Officer
  • Peter Sheppard - Art, History, & Culture Director
  • Richard Ahong - Producer
  • Vaughnette Bigford - Fashion & Entertainment Director
  • Kavita Maharaj (Genie) - Photography / Social Media Manager
  • Kiran Maharaj - Digital Media Manager

Titleholders

Miss Trinidad and Tobago national pageant is a contest meant to select a representative for Miss World.

Valene Maharaj during Miss World 2007
Gabrielle Walcott during Miss World 2008
Color key
  •   Winner
  •   Runner-up
  •   Finalist or semifinalist
Year Miss Trinidad and Tobago Placement Special Awards
1954 Seeta Indranie Mahabir
1966 Diane DeFreitas
1971 Maria Jordan
1975 Donna Sandra Dalrymple
1976 Patricia Anderson Leon Top 15
1977 Marlene Villafana
1978 Kathleen Thomas
1979 Marlene Coggins Top 15
1980 Maria Octavia Chung
1981 Rachel Ann Thomas Top 15
1982 Althea Ingrid Rocke 4th Runner-up
1983 Esther Juliette Farmer
1984 Ria Judy Joanne Rambardan
1985 Ulrica Christina Phillip
1986 Giselle Laronde Miss World 1986
1987 Maria del Valle Xavier
1988 Wendy Baptiste
1989 Samantha Bhagan
1990 Guenevere Helen Kelshall
1991 Sastee Bachan
1992 Renee Garib
1993 Denyse Michelle Paul
1994 Anabel Thomas
1995 Michelle Khan 2nd Runner-up
1996 Sharda Ramlogan
1997 Mandy Jagdeo
1998 Jeanette Marie La Caillie
1999 Sacha Anton
2000 Rhonda Rosemin
2001 Sacha St. Hill
2002 Janelle Rajnauth
2003 Magdalene Walcott Top 20
2004 Kenisha Thom Top 15
2005 Jenna Marie Andre
2006 Tineke De Freitas
2007 Valene Maharaj 3rd Runner-up
2008 Gabrielle Walcott 2nd Runner-up
2009 Ashanna Arthur
2010 Davia Chambers
2011 Lee-Ann Forbes Top 25
2012 Athaliah Samuel
2013 Sherrece Villafana
2014 Sarah Jane Waddell Top 25
2015 Kimberly Farrah Singh[1]
2016 Daniella Walcott
2017 Chandini Chanka
2018 Ysabel Bisnath
2019 Tya Jané Ramey Top 40
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2021 Jeanine Brandt[2] Top 40
2022 No pageant in 2022
2023 Aché Abrahams[3] TBA

Miss International

Year Miss International Trinidad and Tobago Placement Special Awards
2011 Renee Bhagwandeen[4] Top 10

Miss Supranational

Year Miss Supranational Trinidad and Tobago Placement Special Awards
2014 Tinnitia Griffith Top 20
2015 Shaunika Khadia Frith Unplaced
2016 Lia Djemila Ross Unplaced
2019 Yia-Loren Gomez Top 25
2021 Jenelle Thongs Top 24 Supra Chat
2022 Christin Coeppicus Top 24
2023 Cadiesha Joseph[5] Unplaced
2024 TBA TBA

Miss Asia Pacific

Year Miss Asia Pacific Trinidad and Tobago Placement Special Awards
2013 Dr Greer Anjelica Iton Top 10
2014 Tiffany Haunte Miss Asia Pacific 2014

Best Model of the Universe

Year Best Model of the Universe Trinidad and Tobago Placement Special Awards
2013 Soowan Bramble[6] Best Model of the Universe 2013
  • Best National Costume
  • Best Catwalk
  • Best Body
  • Miss Photogenic

References

  1. ^ "Kimberly is Miss T&T 2015". Trinidadexpress.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Jeanine Brandt is the new Miss World TT". newsday. February 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Aché Abrahams bests 16 other candidates to become Miss World T&T". loopnews. 7 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Renee Bhagwandeen". Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  5. ^ "Miss Supranational Trinidad and Tobago 2023". 13 May 2023. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Bramble's the best". The Trinidad Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2018.

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