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Planning for Miss Bermuda 2012 competition has started

With the Miss World competition over, it’s already time to start designing next year’s Miss Bermuda competition.

“It’s definitely going to continue as a yearly event,” vowed event director Milika Seymour, who revived the show after 14 years.

“We’re planning the 2012 pageant right now. Registration will start in January for young ladies aged 17 to 24 who want to participate, and we hope to start announcing dates soon.”

More local appearances are also in the works for Miss Bermuda, 23-year-old Jana Outerbridge.

“There are another six months left in her reign,” Ms Seymour said. “We’ll be using that time, as Jana wanted to do from the beginning, to give back to the community.”

The pageant organiser, who travelled to London for the Miss World contest on November 6, recalled: “Seeing it live and seeing Bermuda participating once again was an amazing experience especially with all the people from Bermuda who were there in the crowd. I think she got the most cheers of anybody there.”

Miss Outerbridge said perhaps her own sharpest memory comes from the day before the show.

“That rehearsal, when my family were able to come, got me really emotional,” she said.

“To be able to look into the audience and see family and friends there for me really meant a lot. And then, for the show, people dressed in red to show their support and brought along banners Bermuda had such great representation there.”

The trip to the UK may not have resulted in a Miss World win for Bermuda but for Ms Outerbridge, it offered a chance to sample another country where she might study for her next psychology degree.

“I went to school in the US,” she said. “I’d like to continue my education now. It might be nice to get a change of scenery,” she said.

Useful website: www.missbermuda.bm.

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Published November 14, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 14, 2011 at 9:11 am)

Planning for Miss Bermuda 2012 competition has started

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