Written by Karen Rollins

Miss Universe Barbados contestant: Danika Haynes

On Sunday December 16th over 80 contestants from around the world will compete for one of the most coveted titles in the worldwide pageant scene – Miss Universe.

Yello Media Group is proud to sponsor Barbados’ search for its 2018 representative and introduce you to this year’s delegates; Terian, Darryn, Chelsea, Megghan, Semone, Meghan, Racquel, Danika and Shari.

Barbados’ crowning ceremony will be held on September 15th but before that Yello will be interviewing each contestant to find out more about them and why they feel they deserve this once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent their country on the international stage.


Danika Haynes

Age: 26

Occupation: Certified aesthetician.

Describe yourself using three words.

Strong; multi-talented and hardworking.

Why do you want to be Miss Universe Barbados?

I see Miss Universe Barbados as a great opportunity to encourage young men and women who look down on themselves and may be afraid to step out because that’s exactly where I’m coming from.

I want people who feel as though they’re looked over, who aren’t academically inclined and might think they’re not smart enough to know that they have certain skill sets within them which they can maximise. Just because you’re not good at Maths or English doesn’t mean you’re not smart and can’t accomplish something in life.

I also want to use my platform to show other Christians, who have many talents but might not use them because they’re scared of people judging them, that you can take part in activities like a pageant.

If God gives you a gift you should use it, as long as it doesn’t compromise your Godly standards. If I can do it, you can do it too, so rise up and soar.

Have you got any previous pageant experience?

Yes, I’ve competed in four regional pageants altogether.

After I won the Barbados Amateur Model Search in 2010 I went to Union Island for Miss Esterval where I was first runner-up and then I took part in Miss Aquaval in Carriacou and was first runner-up again.

How have you been preparing for this pageant?

I’ve been doing a lot of training. I’m slim but I carry what I call a ‘kangaroo pouch’ so I’ve been exercising a lot and watching what I eat.

I’ve also been taking part in the training with the other ladies which has been informative. Those workshops remind me to love myself, not to be afraid, and not to overthink.

I’ve had close friends drill me on some questions so that I stay up-to-date on current affairs. I also found that in previous pageants the question and answer section was my weak point so this time I’m focusing on improving that.

What are you enjoying most about the experience?

Spending time with the ladies because all of them are sweet and a little crazy (which is good because you need some crazy), just getting to know each other and all the different personalities.

I also like the training with Gaynelle Marshall and the walking sessions which are intense but so much fun.

What are you looking forward to at the crowning ceremony on September 15th?

The end result!

Honestly, I just want to get on the stage. I love everything about the night; the lights, cameras and action. The music and the adrenaline pumping and then the announcement.

Who’s your main role model in life?

My mum because she raised me as a single parent.

I guess I get a lot of my characteristics from her in being strong, having my head on and knowing what to do in life so looking at her motivates me to be a better person.

What do you like to do when you have free time?

I love singing and listening to a lot of music. I love to be by the ocean, listening to the waves and the wind and being surrounded by nature because it calms me down.

I also like spending time with friends and family and I’m a church girl, so I spend a lot of time in church. I really love movies especially comedies because I love to laugh, then action films and drama.

What do you love about Barbados?

Our people and beautiful beaches. Barbados is a warm, friendly and loving country where you can do anything and feel totally safe.

What’s your philosophy in life?

‘Never give up and success is a journey not a destination’.

That’s how I look at everything, so when I’m frustrated I give myself pep talks and sing while listening to music, and then I remember that this is a journey and there’s a process – just never give up, no matter how tough the situation gets.

For more information on the Miss Universe Barbados competition visit the website.


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