Written by Karen Rollins

Meet the Miss Universe Barbados Contestants: Shanice Mason

Every year over 80 contestants from around the globe compete for one of the most coveted titles in the worldwide pageant scene – Miss Universe.

Yello Media Group is sponsoring Barbados’ search for its 2017 representative and the race is down to nine beautiful ladies; Shanice, Alicia, Shadae, Shahaida, Lesley, Jamilah, Te-keila, Che Amor and Mutamuliza.

On the countdown to the crowning event on Saturday 16th September, Yello is showcasing each contestant. Find out more about them and decide for yourself who deserves this once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent their country on the international stage.

Let’s meet: Shanice Mason

"shanice"

Age: 24

Job: Real Estate Sales Assistant

Which parish are you from? St Michael

Why do you want to be Miss Universe Barbados?

I entered the competition in the hope of inspiring people around the island, especially younger girls. I want to lead by example and encourage them to follow their dreams. I also want to represent Barbados on the international stage and be an advocate for the franchise. I’m extremely proud to represent my country and want to show girls who might be future delegates that entering this competition could change their lives forever.

Do you have previous beauty pageant experience?

No, this is my first beauty competition.

What has your preparation schedule been like?

We have training three times a week for three or four hours. We do everything including etiquette, speech, runway walking and learning to conduct ourselves in a poised fashion. We also had to attend sponsored events where we got to meet some interesting people and it was lots of fun.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the experience?

I’ve enjoyed the training sessions with our stage manager Michelin. He’s a character and a really inspiring mentor. He teaches us runway, but he also boosts your confidence, so I really appreciated the sessions we’ve had with him.

Who has been your biggest supporter throughout this process?

My girlfriend Samantha has been there for me from day one. When I’ve come home from training and I’m tired, low or frustrated, she’s always there to pick me up and she really pushes me.

What’s the best thing about living in Barbados?

I think it’s the fact that Barbados just feels like home, even for overseas visitors, it has that feeling of home. I love the beach and the fact that you can get anywhere within 20 or 30 minutes. I’ve travelled all over the world and there is nothing like our unique culture.

What’s your favourite activity when you have time off?

Any free time I have, I try to schedule in some fitness such as weight training and I’m also trying to incorporate some more yoga into my routine. I’m a fan of CrossFit but I haven’t been ready to start that yet because it’s quite mentally and physically intense. If I’m home I watch YouTube videos and I love food so Samantha and I travel all over the island going to different restaurants.

Name three things you can’t live without?

Music, Samantha, and Samantha’s grilled cheese sandwiches because she makes the best ones.

Who is your main role model?

My dad because I look up to him more than he knows. I admire how patient and strong he is. Every day, in everything I do, I always think ‘what would my dad do?’ or ‘what decision would he make?’ and as far as possible I try to live up to his way of living and his outlook on life.

What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt from life so far?

I’ve had so many dreams in my head and even though I’ve been unsuccessful with some of them, I’ve learnt that life goes on. Although one door may close, you cannot let that defeat you, and determine who you are. You have to learn how to move on and to find another way.

What’s one thing you would change about the world and why?

I would change the way that we treat each other. Growing up I was on the end of people judging me without knowing me and mistreating me for no apparent reason. I think a lot of people are judgmental and harsh and we don’t uplift each other as much as we could and should. There’s just no need to be mean or hurtful to each other.

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