Teen wins first ever ‘I’m a Big Deal’ crown


By Royan Abrams

Twelve talented women who competed for the coveted title of being the first ever “I am a Big Deal” winner, did not disappoint the large crowd at the Albion Sports Complex on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

The winner, Farah Valentine Bates (right) and first runner-up, Tatiana Lancaster

The pageant, which gave the 12 delegates the opportunity to raise and spread awareness of social ills affecting Guyana, competed in the talent, swimwear and evening gown segments, much to the pleasure of the exciting patrons.

In the wee hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017, the judges arrived at their top five; they were asked a final question by each of the five judges following which 18-year-old Farah Valentine Bates of Rose Hall Town was announced the winner.

She also copped the Best Dressed, Best Smile and Best Talent. Bates, who is an aspiring entrepreneur is currently a Public Management student at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus. She believes in spending quality time with families and friends with the focus of spreading awareness on suicide.

The 12 delegates

Tatiana Lancaster received the first runner-up spot, while Latoya Williamson was placed the second runner-up, Atasha Pantlitz in third place and Shaquilla Sharpe in fourth runner-up.

Farah Valentine Bates

Additionally, Kelisha Ramoutar was judged Miss Photogenic and Best Walk, while the People’s Choice award went to Latoya Williamson and Miss Congeniality went to Denica Henry.

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