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Reigning Miss World to visit BVI; Helina did well!

Manushi-Chhilar from India was crowned as the new Miss World on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Recently-crowned Miss World, Manushi Chhillar will be visiting the British Virgin Islands in January.

Coupled with Chhillar’s visit to the territory, the international Miss World franchise has pledged to raise money to rebuild the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, which was adopted by the BVI Pageant Committee.

“I was telling them that the school is damaged so what the Miss World franchise has agreed is, they will raise funds for us to rebuild the school and they will put the first $10,000 up,” Co-chairman of the committee, Damion Grange told BVI News.

“They plan to send the reigning Miss World to the BVI as part of the fundraising drive,” Grange added.

Meanwhile, Chhillar who is a 20-year-old medical student from India, took home the coveted international crown and title during the 67th staging of the Miss World finals held in China on Saturday, November 18.

The BVI’s representative, Helina Hewlett did not place.

Grange, however, said he was pleased with the BVIslander’s overall performance.

“Helina did very well!  She excelled in the sports challenge where she received recognition during the live show for breaking the Miss World longstanding skipping record and placing 3rd overall. Then, as a follow up to that, she was a semifinalist in the Beauty With a Purpose challenge,” Grange told BVI News.

The BVI’s Helina Hewlett (right) shows off her dance moves on stage at the 67th Miss World final on Saturday.

“She also continued the trend of Miss World BVI 2016 by using her dancing ability to land coveted front-row spots during the opening number and Dances of the World.”

He continued: “I believe Helina’s effort further proves that the BVI has what it takes to make waves on any international stage.  She was also a great example of the strength and resilience of the BVI people and a remarkable ambassador of #BVIStrong. It is my hope that we all take the time to congratulate Helina on a job well done.”

All eyes are now focused on Khephra Sylvester who will be representing the BVI during the Miss Universe final which is being held in Las Vegas on Sunday, November 26.

“Khephra presently is in Vegas representing the territory and we should throw our full support behind her,” Grange urged.

Miss BVI 2017 Khephra Sylvester

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