Miss Universe Guyana Liza Narine is in El Salvador for the 72nd Miss Universe Pageant and is confident that she will place in the top 20 on Saturday evening. Narine and 83 other beauties from around the is competing for the coveted title.
The official competition kicked off on Wednesday evening which saw the delegates competing in introduction, swimwear and evening gown. On Thursday evening, the delegates showcased their national costumes.
However, on Wednesday evening, Narine who is a creative coordinator, entrepreneur, and radio host took to the stage before a large audience and was well received. Members of travelling team remain optimistic that the Guyanese beauty who holds a diploma in business and marketing management has rocked the stage.
First, she was eloquent during her introduction and slayed in a swim wear preliminary in a piece of her choice. It was designed by Rubin Singer, an American fashion designer. The outfit was complemented with a pair of heels designed by Jojo Bragais – the official footwear for the competition.
After the swim wear prelims, the 84 delegates appeared on stage in batches for the evening gown competition. Miss Guyana, who was part of the third batch wore a Randy Madray design.
The gown was inspired by the iridescent beauty of the Blue Morpho Butterfly found in the rainforests of Guyana.
It depicts the fascinating life cycle of the butterfly and is a symbol of transformation and brought out the radiant feminine beauty of Lisa as a ” A Transformational Leader.”
The gown has a sleek fitted silhouette; halter neckline; and small train; while daunting a daring high slit. It was hand-beaded with over 100,000 rhinestones in hues of silver, nude, iridescent purple, sapphire and turquoise.
The rhinestone pendants, shaped like the eye-like patterns on the butterfly are carefully arranged on the nude rhinestone skirt, a symbol of the rich fertile soil of Guyana. The illusion corset bodice daunts elegantly draped iridescent blue glass beads from a heavily embellished band around the neck. The gown for the preliminary competition took over forty days to produce.
Now that the preliminaries are over, it all over to the judges to select the top 20 which will be an-nounced on coronation night which gets underway at 22:00h Guyana Time. After the top 20 contest-ants are name, the competition begins with the swim wear segment. This will be followed by the an-nouncement of the top 10 after which the delegate will compete in the evening gown segment.
The 10 will then be reduced to five followed by the interview segment. The competition intensifies after the final three is announced for the final question.
Nevertheless, apart from the official competition, the delegates had dinner with the El Salvadorian President, visited prominent places in that country and had several photo shoots and media engage-ment.
In fact, during one media engagement, Narine spoke of the project she has been working during her reign as Miss Universe Guyana.
“My project focuses on proving skilled-bases classes to persons within the communities across Guyana so they are able to create a steady stream of income for themselves and their families. The one thing that we have notice is that poverty is the root cause of many social issues and if we are able to attack the issues from the root and have a solution-oriented mindset, then I believe we can truly make a greater impact within our country and even across borders.”
Narine who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Guyana has come in for harsh criticism for her wardrobe but her team believes that she has been rep-resenting Guyana on the world stage with poise, grace and elegance.
The reigning queen is delighted for all the support she has been receiving since her entry in the foreign country and promises to represent to the fullest.
Meanwhile, based on experts who have been keeping a close eye on the competition have listed their top five for the title of Miss Universe 2023. These include Nicaragua on top with France in 2nd place and Thailand in the 3rd position. Dominican Republic comes next in a close 4th place, while Mexico makes it to the Top 5.