After Rebecca Rath represented the country in the Philippines for the 2017 Miss Universe pageant, controversy erupted after her father published a five-part chronicle in which he described Rath’s rocky road to Miss Universe. At the time, Crown of the Jewel Organization which has the exclusive rights to use the “Miss Belize” title was responsible to select a candidate to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant. However, a new organization, Miss Universe Belize, under the directorship of Romeo Escobar, a three-time Emmy award-winning producer has now received the exclusive rights to be responsible to choose a woman between the ages of 18-28 to represent Belize on the international stage. Escobar spoke to Love News.
Romeo Escobar, Director of Miss Universe Belize: “As I mention before we are a brand new organization, we are not tied to any previous organization that was responsible for sending Belizean representative to the Miss Universe Pageant. We are new, we have been given the exclusive rights to send a young lady from Belize to this year’s Miss Universe Pageant 2018 directly from the Miss Universe Organization in New York. Only our organization has the ability and responsibility to send a delegate to this year’s Ms. Universe Pageant.”
Hipolito Novelo: and the delegate that will be sent from Belize, her title will be Miss Universe Belize and not Miss Belize per say?
Romeo Escobar, Director of Miss Universe Belize: “Correct we have the exclusive right to use the title Universe so the young lady that will be crowned will wear the title of Miss Universe Belize 2018. We are working closely with the Miss Universe Organization to ensure that things are done differently from the way they have been done in the past in a more honest and transparent way. We want to make sure that we have the full support of all of Belize in order for this new organization to be successful because at the end of the day we all have the common goal that we want Belize to shine in an international level and that’s really unfortunate what happened in the past. I cannot speak to any organization beside my own; I do not know anyone from the previous organization. The only organization I can speak upon is my own but I can tell you that we do have a big battle to show that we are doing things differently this time and that’s why I am counting on the support of the media and I think that definitely to handle that is to show people how we are going to function. Give them full honesty and transparency, make myself available as much as possible. I will be traveling back and forth this entire year to Belize to meet with the Tourism Board, members of the press, anyone that would want to interview me and discuss how this organization is going to move forward. I am happy to inform you that I have been in communications with Ms. Rebecca Wrath and she is going to be supporting us in some capacity with the crowning of the new Miss Universe Belize 2018.”
Casting calls will be held on April 20 and 21 in Belize City.