Written by Karen Rollins

Miss Universe Barbados Contestant: Terian Reid

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.

Introducing:

Terian Reid

Age: 21

Parish: St. John

Occupation: Student (UWI Cave Hill)

Describe yourself in three words:

Ambitious, determined and authentic.

Why do you want to be Miss Universe Barbados?

I grew up following a strict academic path, sure of what I needed to be and do to fulfill my potential, and modeling was not part of the plan. It was through watching Miss Universe and seeing delegates from across the world who were able to claim their authenticity and define their identities and individuality that I realised I could do the same.

I’ve been inspired by past titleholders and Miss Universe is the perfect opportunity to show who I am on a large stage.

Have you got any previous pageant experience?

I have! In fact, I may be a pageant addict because I’ve done seven.

I was first runner up in 2013 at the Mr and Miss Kolij King and Queen pageant. In 2014 I won Miss Whitsuntide and Miss Barbados Talented Teens. I won Miss Aquaval in 2015 and Miss Barbados Caribbean in 2016.

Why did you choose to take part in this competition?

I’ve wanted to be Miss Universe since I was 10 years old and I started taking part in pageants in 2013 with that goal in mind.

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time since the relaunch in 2016 and I think I’m now in the best place mentally and spiritually to successfully represent Barbados as Miss Universe.

What have you been doing to prepare for the competition?

I’ve been spending a lot of time reading and writing to get into the habit of expressing myself. I’ve also had friends and family drill me with questions so that my brain is constantly exercised.

A lot of meditation and quiet time is involved too. I think it’s necessary to stay balanced, especially as a Libra, and remaining in tune and in control of my physical and spiritual body is key so that the best version of me is present all the time.

If you won the crown, how would you use your platform to benefit others?

Miss Universe Barbados is partnered with the charity ‘I Am a Girl Barbados’, which works with girls to arm them with necessary skills for the future. My goal is to inspire and encourage young people to be authentic to themselves and their brand, even if that means redefining themselves, and I think that fits perfectly with the mission of ‘I Am a Girl Barbados’.

What are you enjoying most about the experience?

There is a genuine family atmosphere with the delegates and the committee and that’s been awesome. It’s amazing to be a part of such an incredible unit.

Who’s your main role model?

My grandmother is the strongest, most determined individual, I have ever met. She knows how to be caring and loving but won’t hesitate to chastise anyone.

She’s taught me so many lessons in life about how to be the woman that I am today, and I look forward to learning more from her.

What is your philosophy in life?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

My faith is important to me and the fact that I have been blessed with the ability to reach my full potential is always comforting and motivating. This verse does that to me every time I recite it.

If you were Barbados’ Prime Minister, what three issues would be top of your ‘to-do list’?

Firstly, Barbados’s education system needs to be revamped to promote individualised learning rather than forcing students to understand through one form. Students should be exposed to different styles of learning so that we can teach them concepts and they can then use those concepts to understand and create more.

Secondly, elderly care needs to be a priority in this country. Our older people have worked hard to ensure that we have the opportunities that we do, and I’d like to see more attention being paid to their well-being.

And finally, the environment and green energy is something Barbados should capitalise on because we have some of the best conditions to facilitate it. Also, as a small island, we are at greater risk from the impact of global economic shifts, fuel shortages and natural disasters. We should try our best to safeguard ourselves against these conditions.

What do you love about Barbados?

The people are so loving and caring. I feel at home wherever I go and that is something I wouldn’t trade for the entire world.

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

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