Twenty-six-year-old Soyini Fraser is a stunning 5’ 10” beauty, whose love of pageantry runs deep. Fraser, the reining Miss Universe Guyana 2016, the same titled she lost some years ago, and title holder of three others, will attend a Meet and Greet Gala Fundraiser on Dec. 2 at the Starz Princess Hall, 107-11 101st Ave., in Jamaica, New York, starting at 8 pm.
The aspiring Christian Child psychologist won the titles of Miss Earth 2010, Miss JamZone Guyana 2014, and Miss United Nations 2013. Her favorite competitions, she said were Miss Grand International 2015 in Thailand and Miss Princess of the World pageant in the Czech-Republic.
Fraser brings a wealth of experience to the world stage, as such, she told Caribbean Life she is gearing up to make the top 15 at the 65th Miss Universe, scheduled for Jan. 29 in the Philippines.
Fraser, an executive producer of her own television series, said she likes to enter pageants because of the thrill they bring her, and added that she hopes to win the crown. She credits the new management of Miss Universe Guyana for the strong support she is getting, especially, franchise holder, Jyoti Hardat, a former beauty queen.
“I am determined to conquer the crown I am on a balanced diet, I exercise in preparation for the competition,” said the media personality, and professionally trained dancer and actress.
Her passion for working with children, the elderly and the less fortunate, while empowering them through mentorship, are goals that have made Fraser a household name in her native Georgetown.
Named special ambassador by the Guyana Tourism Authority, Fraser said she wants to share the warmth of her native people with her sisters at the Miss Universe Pageant, where she will compete in the swimwear, evening gown and Q&A categories.
Noting that she would be judged from the moment she gets on the plane and in the preliminaries, Miss Universe Guyana added it is critical to always be ready.
A graduate of the off-campus Life Christian University in Florida, Fraser said she is a ‘Guyanese Beauty” and ultimately, plans to use the model of countries such as Venezuela and India, to make pageantry a business.
She plans to carry out various traditions and cultures to build the next batch of beauties by training girls from a young age — a process she has already put in place.
Fraser feels very strongly about instilling in young women, importance values such as educating themselves against domestic violence that has become widespread in her homeland.
Teaching girls from the grassroots that if a male student in her classroom pretend its playful to hit her because he likes her, and she accepts it, then grows up believing that if she is not hit, it means he does not like me, is very troubling.
“This has been quite troubling for me,” said the contestant, adding that because of a culture of shaming, many women do not seek help to get out of an abusive relationship.
“Professional training to deal with anger management and self-control, are needed to stamp out abuse,” she said.
Fraser is encouraging young women to stay in school. “I have never met anyone like me, who have gotten this far with without an education.”
“Young women must be able to deal with the pressures of competition, just as you would apply yourself in the classroom, and deal with life skills. Stay in school and then find out what type of beauty queen you want to become.”
Fraser will be making several TV appearances in New York and thanked her fans and supporters for their well wishes.
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