Bromley property negotiator in bid to become Miss Caribbean UK
PUBLISHED: 16:53 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:53 30 November 2015
Neesha Robinson will compete in the beauty pageant final on Saturday at the Shaw Theatre
A Bromley property negotiator is competing in a beauty pageant final on Saturday.
Neesha Robinson, 23, who lives in Chelsham, Surrey, but works in the town centre, has made it through to the final eight contestants of Miss Caribbean UK.
The event uses pageantry to promote, unify, inspire, educate, entertain and celebrate the historical and cultural impact of the Caribbean within Britain.
Titleholders with parents or grandparents of Caribbean descent from across the United Kingdom then competed in heats in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester before going head-to-head in the semi-finals where they were judged based on evening wear, as well as their knowledge of Caribbean history and culture.
Working 72 hours a week, Miss Robinson isn’t your typical pageant queen, and admits finding time to juggle her commitments is a struggle.
“I have to practice my catwalk at work which is pretty funny, but everyone’s been really supportive,” she said.
“I’m definitely more nervous than excited at the moment but I’m looking forward to the final, particularly because we get to dress up in carnival gear which should be great fun.”
Miss Robinson, who has Jamaican grandparents, is no stranger to the pageantry world having previously held the title of Miss Afro Beauty, while also reaching the final of Miss England in 2014, beating off 20,000 people in the process.
Ahead of the big day, however, she says she has decided to ditch the glitz and glam and go natural, inspired by Maria Borges who became the first model to wear natural curls down the catwalk at the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
“An increasing number of Afro-Caribbean woman are rocking natural hair and I want to represent and inspire youngsters and young women to be proud to wear their natural hair with confidence in the workplace or place of study,” she said.
The final takes place at 7pm on Saturday at the Shaw Theatre on Euston Road.