Video: Miss Bermuda Departs For China

July 18, 2012

Miss Bermuda Rochelle Minors departed Bermuda this evening [July 18], heading to China where she will represent the island in the 2012 Miss World Pageant.

The Pageant finals are being held in Inner Mongolia, China on August 18, with a host of events being held before the final day of competition. 120 nations are expected to send representatives to the international pageant, which was first held in 1951.

Miss Minors’ parents say good-bye:

Speaking at the airport this evening Miss Minors said: “Since I have been crowned it has been a crazy week. We have been very busy preparing for the Miss World Competition, and I had a lot of things I had to to, alot of preparation. I feel I ready to go and represent the country.”

“I am really looking to being in China and taking in the experience. It is the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Miss World Pageant,” she continued.

Miss Minors, her parents and her grandparents:

Miss Minors’ proud family and friends gathered at the airport to wish her well, and other Bermudians present could be heard calling out their best wishes to her.

Premier Paula Cox happened to be at the airport as she was returning from her recent trip to London, and came over and extended her best wishes to Miss Minors, telling her she wished she could attend the event and cheer for her.

Premier Cox and Miss Minors:

A well known model on the local scene, she has modeled in numerous fashion shows across the island since the age of 14, walked the catwalk during London Fashion Week, served as a hair model for the renowned salon Vidal Sassoon and participated in Salon International.

Miss Minors is a Berkeley Institute graduate, and has an Associates Degree in Art and Design with Distinction from the Bermuda College. She presently lives in London where she is studying for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design at the University for The Creative Arts in Rochester.

The 22-year-old student and fashion model beat out seven other hopefuls earlier this month to claim the title.

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  1. Unbelievable!!!!!! says:

    Good luck Ms. Minors . . . represent us well!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Politely Pompous says:

    Fantastic choice…she is really beautiful! I hope Bermuda does well. Good luck, Ms. Minors-we’ll be rooting for you!!!

  3. Free up says:

    Good luck to her! Make Bermuda proud!

  4. Lisa says:

    Wishing you all the best Miss Bermuda. We are so proud to have you represent us. God be with you!!!!!

  5. Head up high! says:

    Best of Luck to you and Im sure she will represent us well. Great girl, good family and good heart. Even some of the other contestants that competed against her felt that way. The runner up Chelsea Furtardo had many nice things to say about her and they were not rehearsed or “politically correct” they were genuine. I was proud to be Bermudian that night.

    • Fed Up Bermudian says:

      Which just goes to show you…it’s nice to be nice. She and Miss Furtado surely represent the Bermuda I used to know, we should all take a page out of her book and be more positive people. Good luck, Miss Minors! We are all proud of you!!!!

  6. You are so beautiful. Represent Bermuda well cause we have alot of pretty women here but 95% of them are bird heads that try to follow the crowd an get ruined fast than try to reinvent theirselves when it is too late. It is wat it is :|

  7. Kathy says:

    She has a real shot at winning the whole competition. What a beautiful, young Bermudian. We are proud of you Miss Bermuda! She has won before and she can win again!

    • pepper says:

      Wow…I thoughr Gina Swainson was the most beautiful women I had ever seen….but our miss Bermuda Ms Minors, I have to say she is the best looking women I have ever seen…good luck to you miss Bermuda.

  8. CHEE KUMS BI says:

    i wanted a hug :-(

  9. hmmm says:

    Good luck Miss Bermuda! We will be cheering for you!

  10. Swing Voter says:

    I guess she won’t be handlin’ a comet in the long distance race next year Marshall lol good luck to her

  11. K.T.B. says:

    All the best in China Rochelle, I know you’re going to do well. I know it’s a competition but don’t forget to have fun while you’re out there, enjoy the experience hon!

  12. Shar says:

    Good luck Roe and have fun! Remember to be your sunshine-y self and make them remember you boo! :)

  13. LOLA says:

    Good luck Rochelle I hope you do well, I hope to see you apart of the finalist!!!

  14. Be For Real says:

    All the best Miss BDA. You will do well in China, beautiful and good height too. Proud of you.

  15. Bermy's Finest says:

    Good Luck!! Great choice to represent Bermuda she is beautiful inside and out!

  16. Patricia says:

    Good luck to Rochelle. I wish her all the best as she journeys to China.

    I would like to know if anyone associated with the Pageant locally is accompanying her to China. I note that her family is trying to be there for the competition but did anyone leave with her last night?

    • SummerBreeze says:

      I was wondering the same thing! We must recognize, celebrate and support our new Miss. Bermuda to the highest level, she’s representing us! – where’s Dept. of Tourism etc… Maybe I missed it all…

      All the best our beautiful Miss. Bermuda! I pray your family, friends and others can join you for support in China – keep your natural presence and poise and you will continue to shine throughout – your parents look so proud of you, and Bermuda is so proud of you!

      May God keep and protect you all throughout your long journey and return to Brmuda safely.

    • Leo says:

      Someone was just telling me today that her family weren’t able to go with her due to financial constraints. I wish that had been made better known (unless I’ve been living under a rock) as I would have gladly donated something and tried to get some donations around my office. I’m sure there are plenty of people who would dig in and donate. It would be nice if everyone could chip in and send her parents out there to surprise her just before the pageant. That extra bit of support would probably do her a world of good and increase our chances even more, plus it’s just a decent thing to do.

      Everyone talks about what a lovely girl she is, and her parents look like good people. Is there any way the pageant organizers could set up a fund and we all chip in?

      • lee says:

        i totally agree Leo… it would be great if she had some family support there.

        • Bernews says:

          We are pretty sure her parents intend to head out to China for the finals.

          The whole contest is a month, so that’s really difficult to take a month off work, pay hotel costs for a month etc….but her Dad told us that they will be making the trek for the finals in mid-August.

  17. Redundant Bermudian says:

    Lord we speak to it that you allow Rocelle to grace the stage in China with honor, integrity and her flawless beauty, intriguing her audience, peers and viewers alike with her personality,splendor and charisma. May her presence be breathtaking like our beautiful golden sunsets. We speak to it that she will return with the title of Miss World as we have done in the past. Keep her safe in her journey, hold her hand, In Jesus Name AMENNN.

  18. Pastor Syl Hayward says:

    And AMEN-D (as my US counterparts say)!
    If there was a fund set up for her parents, could somebody let us know, please? I’d like to contribute too. As was already stated, they and their parents (her grandparents) are good people, and clearly have been good parents.

  19. l j says:

    Representing your country is and always will be an amazing thing.All the best you Miss Minors