Contestants Sought For 2011 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant

Wednesday 26th, January 2011 / 12:23 Published by

Miss Bahamas Organization®/Photographer: Fadil Berisha

Nassau, Bahamas (MBO) January 23, 2011 – As the search to find her successor begins, Miss Bahamas Braneka Bassett continues to blaze a trail of success as she appears as the cover model of the newly launched Miss Sport Football in the USA.

Scheduled for early February, the event will coincide with the national screening for the 2011 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant contestants.
The news of Braneka’s invitation comes just as the Miss Bahamas Organization® launches its contestants search for its 2011 pageant.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” says MBO President Michelle Malcolm.

“It’s rewarding to see that our efforts to promote our queens internationally are paying off, and in a big way.”

Braneka will spend several days – all expenses paid – in Dallas, Texas attending the event, which is the brainchild of Dr. Ivan Rusilko, the current Mister USA World and former Mister USA (2008). While there, she will participate in charity events, promotions, photo shoots, parties, tournaments, and concerts. The Finals will take place on February 6th. Braneka describes the invitation to participate in the events as a great opportunity.

“I’m expecting to have a great time in Dallas,” says Braneka who just last year advanced to the finals of the Miss World pageant in China from among 115 contestants.

“Who knows where this will lead?  Every appearance is an opportunity for networking and growth, and I’m looking forward to being part of such an exciting event.”

As Braneka continues to make her mark in international pageantry, young ladies here at home are being invited to take their first step towards the dream of replacing her as the nation’s goodwill and beauty ambassador.

The application process is now underway, with a contestants’ screening date set for February 5th at Mario’s Bowling & Entertainment Palace, beginning at 10 a.m.  All young ladies interested in being a part of the screening must first apply to be a contestant by going online at and completing the application form.

Eligible young women are being urged to sign up for what promises to be a spectacular event.  This year’s pageant to select a representative to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants as well as a representative for the Top Model of the World competition will be held under the theme All That Jazz.  Once again, Bahamians will be invited to help choose the winner by voting for their favorite contestants via online voting.

The contestant receiving the highest number of votes automatically advances to the semifinal round of the competition as the “People’s Choice” fast track winner.  And like last year, the public will once again be given an insider’s view of the hopefuls in an effort to aid in their choice through the reality TV series Miss Bahamas: Backstage Pass!  The show will be hosted by the reigning Miss Bahamas Braneka Bassett.

Although MBO is just now launching its recruitment drive, 23 applications have already been received to date. An impressive, $85,000 package of prizes awaits the young woman who emerges the winner of the Miss Bahamas Pageant, including a trip to Brazil where this year’s Miss Universe Pageant will be held, and the opportunity to travel to an exotic location to compete in Miss World; a $50,000 wardrobe for her international competitions;  $15,000 in diamond jewelry from Diamonds International; pageantry coaching classes by world renowned pageant coach Grace Fontecha; a trip to New York for a photo shoot with the world renowned fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; appearance opportunities and much more. Interested young women are being urged to apply quickly as space is limited.

Deadline for entry is February 3rd, 2011 at midnight.

Suitable young women between the ages of 18 and 25 are being sought to compete.  Entrants should be beautiful in form and face, graceful, intelligent and charming, while possessing poise, a pleasing character, and high moral convictions. Candidates must be single, must not have children, nor have ever been pregnant or given birth. Minimum height requirement is 5′ 5″ and maximum height requirement is 6′ 2″. Weight must be proportionate to height.

Candidates should be of Bahamian ancestry, or citizens of The Bahamas, and hold a Bahamian passport. The Miss Bahamas Organization® reserves the right to refuse an application or dismiss a contestant, using the Organization’s codes and regulations as the basis for its decision.  Applicant must submit a headshot and a full body shot of her own choice for review with her application.

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