Keeleigh Griffith was named the first ever Miss Caribbean UK. The 27 year-old, representing Barbados, was crowned ‘Queen’, beating runners up Kimhia Toussaint and Ayesha Williams at the event at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill in November.
While Keeleigh was the overall winner, four other categories offered hopefuls from the length and breadth of the West Indian diaspora a chance to shine. To that end, Ayesha Williams won the Miss Website Queen award, Jamilah Faucher claimed Miss Personality, Rheanne Kimberley Murray was named Miss Elegance and Kimhia Toussaint was given the title of Miss Swimwear.
Miss Caribbean UK has been organised by Clayton and Jacqui Brown with help from award-winning choreographer Reuben P Joseph. Together, they said they “would like to thank all our patrons, supporters and sponsors for their contribution to making the first Miss Caribbean UK pageant the fabulous success that it proved to be. The words of congratulations from well-wishers have been overwhelming and we feel truly blessed.”
Launching the annual competition had been a dream of theirs for some time and having finally got the show up and running has been a hugely rewarding experience for them.
“We wanted to make the Miss Caribbean UK pageant the final showpiece for all the Caribbean beauty pageants to present their pageant winners, and as such we knew we had to present an event which they would be proud to be associated with and which showed the potential to be worthy of them.”
They claim the pageant is “all-inclusive” and aims to have hopefuls from all the countries of the Caribbean represented over the coming years.
Miss Caribbean UK will see the project expand further and become more inclusive with heats for MCUK 15 held in other cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and more.
“We have learned a massive amount from putting on MCUK 2014 and are eagerly looking forward to MCUK 2105, when we will have the opportunity to use what we have learned to improve on what is, as we have been told, already a fantastic production.”
For more info, check out the website: misscaribbeanuk.com