Written by Karen Rollins

Miss Universe Barbados contestant: Shari Samuel

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.


Shari Samuel

Age: 26

Occupation: Scientist

Describe yourself using three words.

Dynamic; bold and confident.

Why do you want to be Miss Universe Barbados?

I want to show young girls who want to be in the field of science and technology that they can do it. It’s a male-dominated field so I want to encourage young girls to get more into science and follow their passion if that’s what they love.

I also want to represent Barbados because I love our country. I lived in Canada for seven years, but Barbados is special to me and will always be my home.

Have you got any previous pageant experience?

No, this is my first pageant.

Why did you choose to take part in this pageant?

I’ve always seen Miss Universe as being the best pageant that you can dream to be in. I was living overseas so I didn’t have the opportunity to enter but this year the timing was perfect for me, everything lined up, so I applied for the casting and was chosen.

Who’s been your biggest supporter during the process?

I would have to say my brother. I told him that I was going to apply, and he was like ‘go, go and do it’.

Then there were a couple of days when I was still filling out my application and he kept messaging me from overseas and saying, ‘did you do it yet?’, so he was a bit worried that I was taking too long, but he’s been my biggest supporter for sure.

How have you been preparing for the pageant?

I’ve been going to the gym a lot trying to raise my fitness levels. I also run on the beach for a different type of cardio because I don’t really like the treadmill.

I’ve also been reading more and studying interview questions and how you should answer them and that supplements what we’ve all been doing in the workshops.

What are you enjoying most about the experience?

Every rehearsal there’s something new and I learn something new about myself and the other girls. The entire learning process has been the most enjoyable aspect for me.

Who’s your main role model?

I generally look at all the people I’m surrounded by and try to learn from them to see how they might handle things that are going on their life and find courage in certain situations.

One person I admire and look up to is my aunt because she works in construction, which is also a male-dominated field, so I’ve asked her about some of the struggles she’s encountered and how she dealt with them and that’s really helped me.

What’s your philosophy in life?

Just trust the timing of everything in your life.

In recent times I’ve learnt that what is for you will come and it’ll come in the perfect time, so you need to be patient and don’t look at other people and think that they might be ahead of you because you don’t know what they have going on.

Be patient and everything will come at the right time.

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


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