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Meet Miss Universe Barbados 2019 Delegate: Jeunessa Banfield

by Karen Rollins Sep 4, 2019

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Over 80 contestants from around the world will compete in the upcoming 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant, and attempt to win one of the most coveted international pageant titles.

Barbados’ search for its 2019 Miss Universe representative will come to an end on 7 September with a glamourous coronation ceremony at Hilton Barbados.

The delegates vying for the crown are; Alexandra, Hillary, Jillisa, Saffiyah, Beviny, Shanel, Kristen, Jeunessa, and Shaunice.

Yello has interviewed each contestant to discover more about them and to see why they feel they deserve to represent Barbados on a worldwide stage.


Name: Jeunessa Banfield

Age: 22

Describe yourself in three words:

Independent; confident and multi-talented.

Do you have previous pageant experience?

Yes, this will be my fourth pageant.

In 2014 I took part in the Coleridge & Parry Pageant. I have also entered Runway Blitz Barbados and Mr & Miss Barbados Caribbean.

What have you been doing to prepare for the competition?

I’ve been making sure that I eat correctly and keep my body in shape. I’m focused on improving myself and ensuring that my delivery on the night of the crowning ceremony is the best that it can be.

I’m also trying to surround myself with people who always keep me laughing, because I don’t like to be in a down mood and then have to go to training, which can be long days.

This is going to be my last pageant, so I want it to be the best.

What are you enjoying the most about the experience so far?

All the training and appearances and getting to know the other delegates. It’s really a sisterhood, everyone is so pleasant, and I’m loving every moment.

Who has been your biggest supporter?

My fellow delegate Beviny.

She and I were taken aback when we realised that we’d both entered this pageant, but we decided to make sure that we take care of each other.

We check that we’ve received all the emails, we’re prepared with make-up, and we just have each other’s back. Having her go through this with me has been so delightful.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from this MUB experience?

Not to be too hard on myself or inside my head.

I’m a serious overthinker but I work well under pressure so I know that I can do my best when it comes down to it.

If you won the MUB title, how would you use the platform to help others?

I pride myself on being a leader and being a spokesperson for those who cannot speak for themselves. I’m not scared to stand up for others or myself.

I’m good at conflict resolution and providing solutions. I’m also a good listener and try to get to the root of any issue someone might be facing.

If given the opportunity, I would ensure that I can be the best person that I can be, so that others would see me as a role model.

What do you love about Barbados?

The beach. It’s my quiet place, where I go to think, and where I like to go if I’m feeling down. The sea breeze is delightful.

I love Browne’s beach especially because the sea is very calm, and you get a lot of marine life there like turtles. It’s also very lively with lots of people and bars.

How would you describe Barbados to someone that hasn’t been here?

It’s the complete gem of the Caribbean! That song speaks so much to me whenever I think about Barbados.

Our beaches are beautiful, the water is crystal clear, and we have tantalising local delicacies.

I love the people. We are the friendliest people and passionate about our culture. I would encourage others to come here and experience the island for themselves.

What is your philosophy / motto in life?

I live by two mottos; ‘expect the unexpected’ and ‘relax, breathe, accept and achieve.’

Life is not a video game. There’s no going back to the beginning. You must accept whatever comes your way and mold it into an opportunity or a lesson learned.

Visit the Miss Universe Barbados website or Facebook page for more information.