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Karimah Farrell crowned Miss Trinidad & Tobago UK 2013

CROWNING GLORY: Karimah Farrell

KARIMAH FARRELL, representing the island of Tobago and sponsored by the Tobago House of Assembly, was recently crowned Miss Trinidad & Tobago UK 2013 at the 11th annual staging of the pageant at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Natalia Ramnarine was the first runner up and Shani Robertson second runner up.

Farrell is a Trinidad and Tobago national who presently resides in Shepperton. She is in her final year at Middlesex University studying for a BA in performing arts.

In addition to the top prize, the finalists competed for several other awards and Farrell walked away with three – Website Queen, Miss Elegance and Miss Amity. Roberstson won Miss Personality and Best Project; Zania Linton won Carivog Model International; while Marchelle Wedderburn won Miss Photogenic.

The evening also featured performances from several exponents of the main cultural art forms of the country – pan, mas, dance and music.

Themed ‘Tropical Fusion’, a potpourri of fashion, drama, music and dance, choreographed by Sheanna Alleyne, the audience was taken to a bygone era, brought to life by the Muraldo Dance Company.

The artists performing on the night included the reigning UK Soca Monarch Trini Boi Joocie, Deborah Romain on Pan and vocals, saxophonist Sandra Grant, soca artist Kanato Alleyne and Thelma Douglin on the tenor pan. The national anthem was sung by Jamima Douglas.

The newly crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK will receive a trip to Trinidad and Tobago courtesy of Caribbean Airlines with accommodation at Cascadia Hotel Trinidad and Lyn Manor Villa Bucco Tobago.

She will also receive several prizes including a gold gilded picture frame from Campbell’s of London, a Designer hand bag from Simon-Hartman of London, The T&T Gold Book from Hansib Publications, and jewellery from Anna`s Silver Jewellery.

Members of the judging panel included Stedman Pearson, former member of 5 Star; Leona Sylvester, Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK 2011; Suresh Ramberan, specialist nurse/campaigner for prostate cancer; Kelly Poon, manager of Kissed Eyelashes; Bertha Joseph, former mayor of Brent; and The Voice newspaper’s managing director George Ruddock.

Presiding over the judges were Ansel Wong, Founder of Black History Month in the United Kingdom and his assistant Dee Cummings of Events Management.

Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK seeks to highlights not just physical beauty but also the talents of its contestants as ambassadors, knowledgeable about the country and capable of representing and promoting the nation in all forums.

To be eligible to participate, each contestant had to have a link by parentage, heritage or lineage to Trinidad and Tobago.

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