Belize is more than just a pretty face!

Belize is more than just a pretty face!

Image courtesy of ms. Jacinta Gomez

We always like to say that Belize is more than just a pretty face, what with the lively music and arts scene and the national contribution to things such as global responsible travel and sustainable tourism.

But that’s not to say there aren’t many pretty faces around Belize, backed by charm, quick wit, intelligence and all the other things needed to be recognised as a modem Miss International.

Yes, gone are the days when it was all swimsuit competitions and prancing around. Modern competitions look for knowledge and sophistication.

So it is with some national pride that we announce that Belizean up-and-comer Jacinta Gomez won the annual University of South Florida Miss International Pageant this week.

The event, which seeks to “provide a superb opportunity for young women to share their unique cultures and educated members of the USF community about their area of the world,” Is an annual event that showcases the most promising women from the area.

It is organized by the Caribbean Community Exchange Students at the University of South Florida, and this year had some serious competition.

According to it’s website, The Caribbean Cultural Exchange, also known as CCE, was established in 1982 as the first Caribbean organization at the University of South Florida. As one of the largest and most diverse student organizations at the university, its goal is to promote cultural awareness and recognition of people of the Caribbean within the University and the local community.

The CCE also acts as a home away from home for Caribbean students and those of Caribbean descent. However, CCE is open to everyone, especially those interested in learning about all things Caribbean.

So for Jacinta to be recognised by her peers is quite an honour, and we can only wish her more success in her future endeavours.

We have a feeling this is just the beginning….

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