With just a few more weeks into this year’s Miss Liberia, the organizer 11 Stripes have expressed satisfaction for the level of preparation made to host the much anticipated beauty pageant.
“We are fully prepared to venture in finding the next queen of Liberia. With the level of improvement that we have made, nothing can ever stop us form hosting this year’s event,” Bendu Johnson, the acting CEO of the 11 Stripes told our reporter on the practice ground.
She said that on a daily basis contestants are improving their fundamental skills of pageantry and that this year’s Miss Liberia will be exceptional.
“People should not be expecting just a beauty contest but an event that is going to produce a queen who will contribute positively to the society and community service project,” she added.
Miss Liberia is not all about beauty, she said, adding that the goal of the contest is to train young girls how to become goodwill ambassadors, demanding that they work regularly for national benefit.
The 23rd edition of Miss Liberia will be held under the theme: “Beautiful Mind.” The final date is expected to be on August 22 but has not been officially confirmed by the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).
As usual, the Miss Liberia winner is expected to walk away with a brand new car, cash prize and probably even a scholarship. Ms. Johnson said plans have been negotiated with sponsors to give each contestant a package of appreciation.
Our reporter was able to observe at the training ground some improvements in areas of pageantry but says there is more work to be done if the organizer wishes to make the event outstanding.
Though she never revealed the number of sponsors, Ms. Johnson said that things are moving in the right trajectory.
She disclosed that they have started getting ready the package for winners and materials for decoration of the hall; most of all the contestants have the intelligence, beauty and brains to represent Liberia at any international contest, she added.
She also said Miss Liberia will not be televised live, but recorded to be shown afterwards; that the organizer is doing everything possible to have Miss Liberia attain the place of Miss World.