When Destinee Britto was about six and saw a Miss World Trinidad and Tobago queen on television she thought she was “really pretty” and wanted to be like her.
Now 10, Britto already has one pageant title under her belt and is preparing to compete for her second crown.
After being inspired by the local Miss World delegate, Britto told her parents she wanted to take part in pageants. At seven, she entered Little Miss Trinidad and Tobago. For the competition she had to perform a talent, model and wear “plenty dresses.” She also had to learn the choreography for all the participants.
“All the work was fun.”
Britto’s favourite part was wearing her costume featuring the national flag and national bird, the cocrico. She won and was very happy when her name was announced. After winning, she took part in an Easter pageant as a model.
Britto has been preparing for the Miss Elegance competition for which the finals will be held on October 15 at Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s. On September 4, she participated in the talent segment and performed a contemporary dance with gymnastics and ballet.
For Miss Elegance she has to practice after her lessons for the 2018 Secondary Entrance Examination. Britto is a Standard Five student at Victory Academy of Learning, Trincity. She also has to get sponsors and five dresses but said preparing for the pageant is not stressful but “fun.”
Britto’s activities include dance, gymnastics, swimming and karate though she has had to put those aside to focus on her studies for SEA. She is thankful for her parents, sister, supporters and Stacy Nurse from Rosemand’s Academy of the Performing Arts where she learns dance.
Britto once wanted to be a lawyer but also wants to be a professional dancer. She likes being able to show different emotions and tell a story.
“It is like expressions coming out (through dance).”
Britto is also interested in acting and in January, she and her sister Chloe participated in a local scouting event for the Disney company at Hyatt Regency, Trinidad. They were among 18 chosen for a second leg in Los Angeles and should be placed on a database for talent scouts.
But she her greatest hope is to one day go up for Miss Universe, a pageant which TT has won twice, in 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong won the crown, and in 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam won the crown.
Just as these queens have done, Britto wants to inspire others.