Elegantly dressed in a beautiful blue evening gown, 24-year old Christine Barbier smiled and walked gracefully, waving to the cheering crowd at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles, minutes after she was crowned as the country’s new beauty queen last night.
The new Miss Seychelles…another world, who hails from the district of Cascade, also went home with three other titles. She won the Miss Sports, Miss Talent and Miss Personality titles. Miss Barbier is an accounts assistant and her wish is to one day become a successful businesswoman.
Lianne Barbe who comes from the island of Praslin, was crowned first princess and also Miss Photogenic. The 19-year old also won Miss People’s choice title.
Samiya Albert, is this year’s second princess. The 18-year old who is from Pointe Larue wore a long glittering ivory-coloured evening gown, which the judges voted as the best evening wear.
Sophie Rosette, who was among the six finalists was the contestant who won the nest.effort award for her beauty with a purpose project.
The two other contestants who were in the final were Samira Nicoire and Rita-Maria Durup.
Among those present at the event were the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, the principal secretaries of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Anne Lafortune and Benjamine Rose, and the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Other girls who took part in the pageant this year were Hemma Hoffman, Anais Nourice, Juanita Porice, Camilla Spivey, Ruth Bonte and Kimberley Anacoura.
Members of the jury were Miss Seychelles 2006 Wendy Boniface, chief executive of the Seychelles Trading Company Veronique Laporte, tourism entrepreneur Angie Williams-Leiss, the chairperson of the Round Table Seychelles Abison de Giorgio, the chief executive of Noussira enterprise Noussira Daman, director general in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport as well as the managing director of Maven, Kosta Todorovic.
During the pageant, the girls paraded in their casual and beach wears as well as their evening gowns before the six finalists were chosen.
The six contestants then had to answer questions from members of the jury. Before the new beauty queen and her princesses were crowned, the 2015 Miss Seychelles…another world Linne Freminot paraded on the catwalk.
Top local artists such as Angie, who was also one of the contestants last year, Leo, Joseph Sinon and Antoinette Dodin performed during the event.