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MISS BARBADOS WORLD 2009 Leah Marville believes Government should look beyond the beauty and treat the Miss World contest as a viable avenue through which the island can be promoted.Marville gave this advice before handing over the crown to her successor Danielle Bishop at the Plantation Garden Theatre on Sunday night.She also appealed to corporate Barbados and Government agencies to support contestants. “The Miss World pageant is the most prestigious pageant in the world and is watched by over two billion people worldwide . . . the other [contestants] are seen as tourism ambassadors for their countries, [and] trained to promote and sell their countries,” Marville said.Reflecting on the personal impact of winning the Miss Barbados World title, the Barbadian beauty stated, “It catapulted me into the spotlight; it demanded my confidence; forced me to become a voice; to hone my people skills and to become a master communicator. It dared me to step outside my sheltered space and realise that the world is bigger than Barbados.”And she told prospective entrants in the contest the title of Miss Barbados World opened many doors. “My reign as Miss Barbados World has certainly been an exciting one . . . one that has journeyed the entire spectrum of human emotion from my initial shock at being crowned . . . to not placing more favourably in the finals as was predicted,” Marville reported.She listed among her “joys and triumphs” her No. 17 placing in the Miss World 2009, winning the People’s Choice Award for favourites to win, as well as winning the title Continental Queen Of The Caribbean for being the highest placed Caribbean national. She was also dubbed the sexiest woman in the Caribbean and the sexiest woman alive for 2009 to have entered any major pageant. special project, The Love Campaign, which she took into Barbados’ schools with a message of abstinence, safe lifestyles and self-respect, has been featured on BET Centric and is being courted by investors from the Ukraine.She challenged contestants to continue their charity projects whatever the outcome of the contest.Marville has been featured on the BBC and in several magazines. She is the present cover girl for SHE Caribbean’s 10th anniversary issue. She disclosed she was being courted by overseas agents to pursue a career in acting, and was also considering new modelling contracts with modelling agencies in China, Greece and the United States. (GC)


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