‘It’s about having poise and how you present yourself on stage and your smile’
There's an expression 'pretty as a picture' that seems to perfectly describe ten-year-old Sedona-Sky Duffy.
The Saltus student was recently named Little Miss Paradise 2013-2015, after winning over the crowd in the pageant at City Hall on Sunday.
She was also awarded the title of Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic, after standing out above six other contestants in the competition.
The youngster said she had always wanted to take part in a pageant, although this is the first time she actually signed up for anything like this.
She thought it would be a great opportunity to make new friends and build confidence, but her parents questioned whether she was old enough to take part.
Mother Cathy Duffy said: “My husband and I were not too keen about it at first, thinking she was too young for that kind of thing, but she researched it on her own, found the number online and called it to see if it was a working number.
“Then she called me at work so I could get in touch with them. She filled out the form on her own and completed the whole application.”
Sedona-Sky was also independent when it came to the training process and didn't let her parents listen in to any interviews or see her perform until the actual night of the pageant.
Mrs Duffy said: “We were absolutely amazed by how she did. She just comes alive on stage and she is a completely different person on stage and everyone that was there said that same thing.”
She said she was extremely proud of her daughter, particularly considering how focused she is at such a young age.
“[Sedona-Sky] has said 'I know what GCSE's I want to take to get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art'. I think she gets it from watching her brother who is four years older.”
The P6 student dreams of becoming a singer or actress in the future.
In addition to taking part in dance lessons since she was 18 months old, she also takes voice lessons and recently took part in a prestigious theatre camp, run by the Silvia Young Theatre School in London, which also trained stars like Amy Winehouse and some band members from 'The Wanted'.
The P6 student said she also hopes to become Miss Bermuda one day and represent the Island internationally.
She said: “My cousin, Echaunti Swan, was the first runner up this year in the Miss Bermuda pageant and Katherine Arnfield, the winner, goes to my school.
“I have also always wanted to travel to another country and meet all the other girls from different cultures.”
The youngster said her cousin was one of her inspirations and gave her some useful advice before taking part in the Little Miss Paradise pageant.
“She told me that on stage you need to be bubbly and just need to be yourself,” she said.
Overall Sedona-Sky said the pageant was an 'exciting' experience, but also challenging at times.
She said: “At one point they had chosen the girls in the top three and some of the other girls were crying and felt bad because the other contestants didn't make it.
“I didn't think I was going to win. I didn't know what was going to happen, but I started crying tears of joy when I heard my name.”
By taking on the role of Little Miss Paradise, Sedona-Sky will be representing her charity of choice, the SPCA, and volunteering at their various events throughout the year.
She said the charity was close to her heart, considering she adopted her pet rabbit, Mysty, from the organisation and was passionate about stopping animal cruelty in Bermuda.
The youngster is also hoping to use the title to become a role model for other young girls.
She said: “I want to encourage other young girls to do this pageant because it's not a beauty pageant.
“It's about having poise and how you present yourself on stage and your smile. It's judged based on inner beauty, instead of outer beauty.”
She said the process taught her that if she can reach her goals, others can as well.
“It doesn't matter what their background is, if they want to do something, they should go ahead and do it,” she added.