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AS Coopers to the rescue for Miss Bermuda 2011, Jana Outerbridge

Bermuda’s Miss World contender Jana Outerbridge will be dressed to kill at the world pageant in London, with help from local sponsors AS Cooper and Sons.

Ms Outerbridge is to set off for London on October 18 and take on the world on November 6, at the 61st Miss World pageant finals.

Thanks to the latest sponsor, her UK wardrobe now includes designers names such as Jones New York, Nic and Zoe and Ralph Lauren.

Cooper’s head Somers Cooper called the 22-year-old St George’s beauty “a great spokesperson for our Island”.

He said Cooper’s was only too happy to kit Ms Outerbridge with a range of its designer outfits, for her three week London jaunt.

“We’re proud to do this and help her represent Bermuda,” added Vice-President Jim Leamy. “Jana is extremely capable, intelligent, beautiful and well-spoken.”

It’s been a long journey for Bermuda as well as Ms Outerbridge.

The Island has not had a Miss Bermuda since 1997, and Bermuda’s latest has spent the summer working out in preparation for the world stage.

Milika Seymour, the woman behind bringing back the pageant where Ms Outerbridge was crowned in June, said local sponsors had been crucial in sending her overseas.

“Being in a pageant can be quite expensive,” she said. “We’re really excited to have Cooper’s come on board with other sponsors, because she will need a big wardrobe.

“We’re looking to get all the support from the community we can, and we’d definitely like to see this type of support continue. We want to send someone to Miss World every year after this.”

Ms Outerbridge, a psychology graduate from Tennessee State University, beat 15 other competitors for the local title. She will compete among 120 women for the prize in London.

Her profile on the Miss World site gives her future ambition as “to start a programme for young women focusing on education planning, life skills and volunteering”.

Miss Bermuda will show off her new wardrobe at AS Cooper’s tomorrow, starting at 6pm, at the main store on Front Street, as part of Fashion Night Out in Hamilton.

Useful websites: www.missworld.com.

Vice President and General Merchandise manager of AS Coopers Jim Leamy poses with Miss Bermuda Jana Outerbridge. The retail store will be providing her with clothes for her wardrobe when she comptetes in the next Miss World. ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am (Updated September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am)

AS Coopers to the rescue for Miss Bermuda 2011, Jana Outerbridge

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