Reshma is Naturally Fair queen

Reshma is Naturally Fair queen

SEETA PERSAD Saturday, December 10 2016

FOLLOWING this year’s Mastana Bahar series, UWI student Reshma Rooparine was crowned Miss Naturally Fair Mastana Queen at the Rampersad Brother’s Ranch in Ragoo Trace Penal.

In the intelligence contest, a very humble and shy Rooparine spoke about educating children on peer pressures. “These young impressible minds can easily be led astray and this is why we have to pay attention to the behaviour of kids in our homes and our communities,” she said.

Rooparine is a member of the UWI Peer Counselling Association and visits the Cyril Ross Home to spend time with the children every week. She is a member of Habitat for Humanity group at UWI and is in her final year of pursuing a double major in management studies and communication studies at St Augustine.

When asked what are her goals she replied, “To be a better person than I was yesterday. I really want to work with children and the elderly.

For the kids I want to help them to see their full potential and achieve their own goals. I also want to use this opportunity that Mastana Bahar has given me to partner with NGO’s and help others who may not be as fortunate as many of us are.” On a personal note she would like to travel Miss Naturally Fair 2016 Reshma Roopnarine.

the world and experience different cultures and lifestyles. “There is so much more to life than a nine to five over and over again,” she said.

About her experience on the Mastana queen show, Roopnarine said it was challenging as it required hard work and sacrifice.

“It was all about getting the proper outfit and getting it altered to suit my shape. It was about attending rehearsals and then there was the regimes of hairstyle and make-up that took quite a long time,” she said. The glam, she says, doesn’t happen overnight as it is behind the scenes is where the magic occurs.

Entering this competition has opened her eyes to a world of new possibilities, she said. This pageant was her first attempt at any queen show. She was encouraged to enter by her parents, Haimawatee and Rajendra Roopnarine.

Her proudest moment was definitely hearing the results of the competition. “The other seven girls were equally beautiful and talented and I knew the results could have gone in any direction. Hearing my name and receiving the crown was such a proud moment for my family and I,” she stated.

Roopnarine said she gives credit to God for presenting her with a plethora of opportunities.

She believes that not enough attention is placed on arts, sports and other extra-curricular activities among students.

“These activities build persons’ confidence and provide opportunities or interaction with peers who share similar backgrounds that they do,” she said, adding that this can help an individual to develop skills that can assist in other aspects of their lives.

Roopnarine is convinced that in order to make the communities and the country better, we must first start with the children and the youths. Her message to the youths is that “things don’t always go as planned but there are brighter days ahead. If you fail, pick yourself up and try again,” she advises. There are several avenues, she says, for the youths to express themselves and make a difference and these should be taken advantage of. She cited those as youth groups, non-profit organisations, community clubs, competitions such as Mastana Bahar and Best Village as avenues for youth to express themselves culturally.

She is immensely grateful to the Mastana Bahar team for keeping the culture alive for over 45 years in TT. “I entered this competition not knowing much about the contestants and I’ve not only made great friends during this experience but I would say family,” she said