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Stann Creek takes the crown at the 77th Annual Queen of the Bay Pageant Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

September in Belize is not September without the curtsy of the girls vying for the title of Queen of the Bay. The 77th Annual Queen of the Bay Pageant was held at Bird’s Isle on Saturday, September 2, 2017. There, the eight contestants participated in patriotic talent, costume, and swimsuit displays, answered questions, showcased their evening gowns, marched the stage, and curtsied before the audience and judges.

Aaliyah Ysaguirre represented the Culture Capital and her poise and elegance won over the judges as she was crowned the 77th Queen of the Bay, making it the third consecutive year that a representative from Stann Creek has walked away with the crown. Besides walking away with the crown, Aaliyah was also titled Miss Eloquence.

The Orange Walk representative, Esmeralda Cal, was the first runner up in the contest. Emerald also won the talent segment as she displayed her patriotism in her costume. The originality and beauty of her costume caused her and Amy Reyes, the Santa Elena representative, to tie for the National Costume category. Esmeralda also went on to win Miss Photogenic.

Aaliyah, Esmeralda, and Amy were all finalists as well as Quela Arzu from Toledo. Arzu placed as second runner up in the pageant. All participants worked hard to showcase their beauty but the pageant also requires substance and knowledge.

Aaliyah will officially begin her journey as Queen of the Bay when she is crowned on September 10, 2017. Aaliyah’s intention is to advocate for children with disabilities. In the pageant, her platform focused on the work of the Inspiration Center which focuses around disabled children.