Miss Oneness Wins Best National Costume and Placed Top 7
By: Gregory Lewin 10/21/2014
On October 10th 2014, Miss Oneness Berenice Xuyamy Quezada Hererra came away for the third time in four international beauty pageants representing Nicaragua with the Best National Costume title all designed by renowned designer Erick Bendaña. And for the third time she has also placed in the Top 10. Her latest accomplishment was at the Miss Princess of The World 2014 in Ostrava, Czech Republic where she also placed in the Top 7 from among 45 other beautiful young ladies from around world who were vying for the coveted title of Miss Princess of The World.
The delegates spent two weeks in the Czech Republic where they had the pleasure to indulge in the same way as those bestowed to royalty. These delegates were welcomed as “royalty/queens” from their respective countries and they were respected and revered everywhere they visited.
They spent the entire time exploring the vast history and rich culture of the Czech Republic which includes Prague and Ostrava among other cities. One major visit was to the Selesian castle in Ostrava which was built in the 13th century. The Selesian castle was almost destroyed and it has been restored and is now one of the major attractions in the Czech Republic.
The show was all glamour and glitz, a first class production as the Miss Princess organization knows how to deliver. The show was broadcasted live around the world. They were many specially invited guests from around the world. These included diplomats from every country representing. I was honored once again for the third time, to be a specially invited guest on the jury.
In the opening segment of the show each delegate paraded in their national costume and it was very obvious by the reaction and the applause from the audience including the judges on the panel that the winner of that segment would be Miss Nicaragua. Her costume was designed based on Nicaragua's signature folkloric masterpiece the Güegüense.
Up next was the swimsuit segment. All delegates were beautiful and proud of representing their respective countries. The competition was very tough. When Miss Nicaragua came on stage the crowd erupted in applause and cheer. A very slender, tall and beautiful jewel was about to show what she was made of. She became a crowd favorite as she worked the stage and enthralled the audience.
Prior to the start of the pageant, Berenice and I had our “pep” talk. This is an integral part of my preparation for all my Queens as it gives me that time to calm their nerves, and let them know how important this time is as it is the culmination of their hard work, long hours and dedication to be the most worthy candidate to represent our beloved country.
Further to this, I ensure that they recognize that at the end of the day they must give the best of themselves while having fun, as this is indeed an opportunity of a lifetime, so make the most of it and enjoy the last to the fullest. Berenice I must say took my advice a bit further of which I am very proud of, and her personality and passion for the stage glimmered brightly.
Up next was the evening wear. Each delegate must wear a designer craeation designed by the best known designers in the Czech Republic. Berenice evening wear was a long skirt with matching blouse. From a distance it seems to be a very simple piece of art with no life. Once again though, the audience erupted in applause when Miss Nicaragua stepped on the stage and gave a 360 degree twirl bringing her evening wear to life. The applause was loud and long, clearly she has won the heart of the Czech of Republic. It was beautiful and well crafted. And this is what I called pushing the boundaries when the time is right. The time was right and young lady from Rama proved that she is indeed a Queen worthy to be called a Queen.
I’ve seen Berenice grew into a very confident young woman from the time she was chosen as Miss Oneness 2012 to now. She is charming, intelligent, humble and very respectful. Having worked with her over the past three years I truly believe that greater things awaits her. Miss Princess of The World was Berenice last international duty as Miss Oneness and I am very proud of the way she executed, and completed her reign with me. This young lady has a heart of gold and is very gracious and thankful to have had the opportunity to travel the world representing our beautiful Nicaragua. She is very happy with her accomplishments and thanked me for trusting in her. She would also like to thank her mother for always being there for her supporting her. to those who also supported her along the way Erick Bendaña, Harry Garay, Venancia Aguilar, Mary Pombo, Baci Baci , the Mayor of the city of Rama, Camila Ortega, Ing Ismael Diaz” and Dentist Gabriel Borgen among others.
Results of the show:
Miss Princess 2014 - Miss Zambia - Andella Chlishe Matthews
PFirst Runner Up - Miss Czech Republic - Monika Vaculíková
Second Runner Up - Miss Argentina - Daiana Ayelén Arlettaz
Argentina - Daiana Ayelén Arlettaz
Czech Republic - Monika Vaculíková
Denmark – Iben Juel Nielsen
Kazakhstan – Alina Anissimova
Nicaragua – Berenice Quezada Herrera
Zambia - Andella Chlishe Matthews
Ukraine – Ivanna Akilveren
Best National Costume - Miss Nicaragua – Berenice Quezada Herrera
Miss Simpathy – Miss Namibia - Ester Ndapewoshali Shatipamba
Miss Talent - Miss Turkey - Pinar Akilveren
Miss photo - Miss Spain - Maria Elena Martos Villalba