(VIDEO) Statement by GARIFUNA Woman and Miss Guatemala World, KEYLA BERMUDEZ About 2014 Miss World Beauty Pageant in LONDON

 

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London, United Kingdom — In the aftermath of Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss being crowned Miss World at The 2014 Miss World Beauty Pageant on SUNDAY, December 14th 2014; 2014 Miss Guatemala, Garifuna Woman Keyla Bermudez, issued this statement via her Facebook profile.

“Against all odds, I did it!  Thank GOD for giving me the opportunity!” — Keyla Bermudez  

I edited a short tribute video which included a montage of photos chronicling her journey from Guatemalan Contestant, her reign as 2014 Miss Guatemala World as well as video of her participation in the 2014 Miss World Beauty Pageant.  All the photos and video are from Keyla Bermudez’s Facebook page.

The photos in the video include her trip to her hometown of Livingston, “La Buga” Guatemala as 2014 Miss Guatemala World, as well as a trip to San Andres Osuna, Finca, Guatemala.

Garifuna Model from Livingston, Guatemala; Keyla Bermudez.  Photo from Facebook.

Garifuna Model from Livingston, Guatemala; Keyla Bermudez. Photo from Facebook.

With an estimated billion people watching on television sets all over he world, Rolene Strauss, representing South Africa, was crowned 2014 Miss World.  Miss Hungary World, Edina Kulcsar finished second and Miss United States World, Elizabeth Safrit finished third.   1

Miss Thailand World, Maeya Nonthawan Thongleng, won the People’s Choice Award, which was voted for by people around the world through a mobile phone application.  In a prior post for BEING GARIFUNA, I mistakenly thought that voting would help Keyla Bermudez win the actual crown of Miss World.  I didn’t realize that the voting by the public was for a seperate award.

 

About KEYLA BERMUDEZ 

 

From Livingston “La Buga” Guatemala, Keyla Bermudez is 22 years old.  She was one of three finalists competing to be 2014 Miss Guatemala.  Claudia Herrera was crowned 2014 Miss Guatemala International and was second runner-up.  Ana Luisa Montufar was crowned 2014 Miss Guatemala Universe and was the grand winner.  Miss Ana Luisa Montufar will represent Guatemala in the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant.   2

Guatemalan Garifuna Model Keyla Bermudez is 2014 Miss Guatemala World.  Photo from saidrosales.com

Guatemalan Garifuna Model Keyla Bermudez is 2014 Miss Guatemala World. Photo from saidrosales.com

Keyla Bermudez was first runner-up and will represent Guatemala in the 2014 Miss World Pageant.   3  According to wikipedia, The Miss World Pageant is the oldest surviving international beauty pageant, having been created in the United Kingdom in 1951.  The Pageant takes place in London and is one of the most publicized beauty pageants in the world.  Traditionally, the winner of The Miss World Beauty Pageant lives in London during her reign.  The winner also spends the year traveling to represent the Miss World Organization and it’s various causes.  The Miss World Beauty Pageant takes place in November.   4

Guatemalan Garifuna Model Keyla Bermudez at The 2014 Miss Guatemala Pageant.  Photo courtesy of saidrosales.com

Guatemalan Garifuna Model Keyla Bermudez at The 2014 Miss Guatemala Pageant. Photo courtesy of saidrosales.com

 

ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   5

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Guatemalan Garifuna Model KEYLA BERMUDEZ.  Photo from Facebook.

Guatemalan Garifuna Model KEYLA BERMUDEZ. Photo from Facebook.

Notes:

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/miss-south-africa-crowned-miss-world-173657213.html
  2. http://www.missuniverse.com/
  3. http://www.missworld.com/
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_World
  5. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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  1. I am so glad to see this website .l was informed by a garifuna coworker that the garifuna people were living in the Caribbean area way before columbus so called discovered the new world which was not new for Africans because we had been traveling all over the world while europeons were still thinking that the earth was flat. So please be proud of the fact that garifunas were never slaves.

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