Miss Bermuda heads for Miss World contest
Miss Bermuda Katherine Arnfield looked calm and poised as her hairstylist finished arranging her curled blonde hair on the eve of her departure for the 2013 Miss World competition.
Ms Arnfield leaves tomorrow evening on British Airways to travel to Indonesia for the start of the international beauty pageant. She will stay there for a month, returning home after the finals of the competition on September 28.
It will be Ms Arnfield's first time in Indonesia, and she said she's not sure what to expect from the Miss World experience.
“Everything's quite secretive. For security reasons you can't just say where 130 girls are going to be, so we don't find out until we get there,” she said. “We just know that the main finale is on the 28th of September and that's the one that's going to be on TV. I don't really know anything else.”
Crowned in June, Ms Arnfield will represent Bermuda on the international stage as she competes against contestants from more than 130 countries. Although she has participated in some photoshoots and local tourism functions, Miss World will be her biggest task yet as Miss Bermuda.
She said she was “a little bit apprehensive,” but looking forward to participating in the once-in-a-lifetime competition.
“I'm excited because it's a whole new experience I would probably never normally be able to experience,” she said. “I'm just going to go for it and try my best and hopefully make some good friends.”
As for her goals for Miss World, Ms Arnfield said she aims “to represent Bermuda really well and try my hardest, and just have a really good time and really enjoy it and try and get the most of it, because I know I won't ever get this chance again.”
After the Miss World competition, Ms Arnfield is heading back to Bermuda to resume everyday life. She will be “coming home and going straight back to school the day after,” she said.
Ms Arnfield thanked her supporters, especially A.S. Cooper, BerSalon and Inner Sanctum, Diane Whittaker of IMA Models and Miss Bermuda organiser Milika Seymour for all their help in preparing her for the competition.